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When Dreams Come True 01/30/2009

Dreams and prayers

If your dreams came true, what impact would they have?

 

Recently, we enjoyed having author and pastor Erwin McManus on LIFE Today. He asked the challenging question, "If your greatest dream became reality, would the world become a better place?"

My greatest dream is to see the prayer of Jesus answered when he asked that His followers "may be one, just as We are one" and also "be perfected in unity." (John 17:22-23) This can only come about when our hearts are in harmony with the heart of God.

I long to see this happen. I have lived for it, encouraged it and spent much of my life trying to bring the divided family together without forcing them to compromise their convictions. As a matter of fact, I firmly believe that one of the greatest compromises believers can make is to not truly love one another. In order to become "one," as Jesus prayed, we must seek clear communication, discover truth and live by eternal principles.

Over my lifetime, I have seen progress in this area. I recently saw a television spot from a local Southern Baptist church advertising a conference featuring an Assemblies of God pastor, an African-American Pentecostal pastor and another charismatic speaker. This is evidence of progress in the fulfillment of my greatest dream and the prayer of Jesus.

Another dream of mine is to see our national leaders come together in open, healthy dialogue in pursuit of the right decisions to strengthen our nation. We rarely see this. We see the defense of one's position without really hearing the other side. It seems that the only time politicians are silent is when they are waiting for the next opportunity to speak their mind. I have seen no recent improvement in this regard. I know that President Obama talks about having open discussions, even with our sworn enemies, and I pray that it will not prove to be typical political posturing instead of an honest desire to hear various views. The decision to expand government and create a dependent population appears to have been made. To me, this is troubling. Discussions seem to be whether they impose their agenda all at once or over the course of a few months.

My other concern related to this is the tendency to lash out and harshly label any opposition. If I want to have an open discussion with someone that does not agree with my principles, I cannot start the conversation by branding them a "dimwit." My friends may applaud my humor, but the dialogue will shut down. Yet this seems to be the standard approach of many in the media spotlight, whether conservative or liberal. Those who genuinely debate important topics without demeaning others are the exception.

One personal dream not yet fulfilled is to be an overcomer in every area of my life. I'm still learning and growing, and there's so much room for more. I certainly have not "arrived." After being married for almost 46 years, I feel like Betty and I are pliable clay in the hands of God. We both recognize our need to be shaped; in fact, we desire it. We want God to make important and necessary changes in our lives.

When my children were young, I dreamed they would grow up to love God, find the right spouse and raise their children in the ways of Christ. I have been blessed to see all of these dreams fulfilled. Even some of my trivial dreams have been fulfilled. When I was a young adult, I wanted to catch a 10-pound bass and shoot a round of golf in the 60's. Over the years, I have done both of those things many times.

There were occasions when I foolishly pursued my personal dreams, almost to the point of idolatry, so I understand how many people can be trapped in this way. But I thank God my greatest dreams are based on something of eternal value.

I am committed to point people to Jesus Christ. I have also found that serving others is a great means of fulfillment. All of us can be a witness and a servant. In doing that, we become one with God and one with each other, fulfilling Jesus' prayer and giving us His dreams. This is where we find lasting joy while improving the lives of others. When these dreams come true, they have a profound effect on the world.


Author: James Robison

Editor: Randy Robison

Word Count: 730

About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, a Christian media ministry and mission relief organization. He and his wife, Betty, host of the television program Life Today; He has authored numerous books, including The Soul of a Nation, The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope and True Prosperity.

Media Contact: Randy Robison, editor at jamesrobison.net . Photo available upon request. Reprint rights granted with attribution for complete, unedited article. Revisions allowed only with approval.