Dream Big

 

Can You remember having big dreams? Maybe the dreams began when you were younger when you dreamed of what you would be when you grew into adulthood. For many reality set in and you gave up the dream of becoming a pro athlete or a astronaut.  At the young age of 15 – I felt as though God was calling me to pastor a church some day, so for the next several years I dreamed of the day I would pastor a church. Today I literally get to live the dream. As, I first dreamed I imagined God doing something big through my life, using me to see lives changed for HIS Glory, leading His Church to experience HIM like never before, Impacting people for His Kingdom Agenda. No pastor starts out dreaming of just getting by or leading a church to simply maintain or just survive. I still dream that we as His People be used in ways that Only God can Explain.  Several Years ago study was done of concentration camp survivors to determine the common characteristics of those who did not die from disease or starvation. Victor Frankl was a living answer to that question. Before the Nazis threw him into a concentration camp, he was a successful psychiatrist. After his rescue, Victor Frankl traveled the world, sharing his story: “There is only one reason why I am here today. You kept me alive. Others gave up hope. I dreamed that someday I would be here telling you how I, Victor Frankl, had survived the Nazi concentration camps. I’ve never been here before, I’ve never seen any of you before, and I’ve never given this speech before. But in my dreams, I have stood before you and said these words a thousand times.”

Outlook determines outcome. Victor Frankl survived because he chose a right focus, keeping his eyes fixed on what was ahead. Proverbs 4:25 explains, “We need to keep our eyes focused on what is right and look straight ahead to what is good.” The picture painted here is one of an “upright” life, a life of “moral purity.” We serve a holy God who is very serious about sin – serious enough to send His son, Jesus Christ, as payment for that sin. We claim the miracle of blood-bought forgiveness while flirting with sin. We give lip-service to God’s sacrifice while allowing impurity to negate its power in our lives. We point others to the cross when we are the ones in desperate need of its deliverance.

What is your dream? It must begin in the mind of God and then be transferred to your mind. Thus your mind and heart must be connected to His mind and heart.  What is your outlook? I still believe in Miracles and I still believe that God wants to use Danville FBC to miraculously see lives changes. How about you? Do you want to have a Kingdom impact on the city of Danville, on families in Yell Co.? If so, Dream – or better yet let God dream for you!  I’m dreaming of a Church like we read about in the book of Acts! Who wants to join me?
 
With Love,
Bro. Clayton

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