When You Wish Upon a Star
As a young man, I learned to seek after men of vision and learn all I could about them and from them. What made them so successful in their work? What did they do to make their dream a reality? Who were their heroes? What obstacles did they overcome along the way to fulfilling their dream? It was not hard to see that these eagles among us were able to soar to greater heights because they were not afraid to dream big dreams, work hard, surround themselves with good ideas and people, and never give up on their vision….no matter what.
Inspiration of “dreamers” motivates all of us to seek to reach higher and labor more sacrificially toward fulfilling a life’s dream. Note these examples of notable characters….
The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision. (Helen Keller). Solemnized by the knowledge of the deep need and inspired by the vision of all things made new by the mighty Christ, resolve to give yourselves to encouraging a spiritual awakening. (John R. Mott). Vision gets the dreams started. Dreaming employs your God-given imagination to reinforce the vision. Both are part of something I believe is absolutely necessary to building the life of a champion, a winner, a person of high character who is consistently at the top of whatever game he or she is in. (Emmitt Smith).
In the world of entertainment, many are dreamers. We most admire those who saw their dreams come true…..
Walt Disney was a dreamer. His crowning vision was EPCOT; Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. He envisioned the perfect city of 20,000 using all of the most modern advances technology. One problem, Walt Disney died before his dream was ever realized. His dream was so big and complex and outside the box that no one else in the Disney Company ever caught the dream and had no idea what to do after Walt was gone. What Walt Disney intended as a living breathing perfect city turned out only to be an entertainment center. Disney’s world would only become a place to visit.
Jesus left a blueprint for His church so vast, so marvelous, and so innovative. A living breathing expanding organism that would permeate and transform the whole world.
The problem is, that as time went on, His followers lost the vision and couldn’t wrap their minds around such a magnificent plan. Rather than a community of loving, passionate followers of Christ dedicated to demonstrating the power of the Christ-transformed life in a dark world, they began to do what they knew best, build buildings and run organizations and develop entertainment centers that would hopefully draw the crowds to hear the story but miss the transforming power of Christ. ((From a sermon by David Welch, Life Signs of a Healthy Church, 10/19/2009).
“We need a baptism of clear seeing. We desperately need seers who can see through the mist–Christian leaders with prophetic vision. Unless they come soon it will be too late for this generation. And if they do come we will no doubt crucify a few of them in the name of our worldly orthodoxy.” ~ A.W. Tozer