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Dreaming With Your Eyes Wide Open

Are you a day dreamer?  Do you ever think about what might be?  What you could become?

In the popular movie “The Greatest Showman” Hugh Jackman’s character – P.T. Barnum is quite a daydreamer and works hard to make his dreams come true.  He wanted to rise above his humble beginning.

In the song “Come Alive” P.T. Barnum sings these words:

“When the world becomes a fantasy
And you’re more than you could ever be
‘Cause you’re dreaming with your eyes wide open”

Do you ever think about what you can become spiritually?  Throughout the Bible we often see God using people from humble backgrounds to do his work on earth.  For instance, He used Joseph, the young brother, to provide for the nation of Israel in the famine; He chose David, the small boy, to be the king of Israel when Saul would not follow His ways.  His first apostles were lowly fishermen and went on to become great men of God.

Do you ever think you are not talented enough for God to use?  Do we ever think you are too sinful for God to save?  Do you ever compare yourself to others and think – they are so much better than I am surely God will use them instead of me?

Instead, maybe we should dream about what we can become – for GOD?  Do you dream with your eyes wide open?  Like P.T. Barnum – do you do everything you can to rise above your spiritual beginnings?  In Isaiah 64:8 we see we are clay in the Potter’s hands, and in Ephesians 2:10 we are told we, as Christians, are created His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, for good works.  Romans 3:23 says that we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  We all come from that same humble beginning.

So, how can we be “more than we could ever be?” as Christians?  God’s word tells us that if we are obedient to His will we will be:

  • New creatures
  • God’s chosen people
  • Set free from sin
  • Raised to walk in newness of life
  • A living sacrifice, acceptable to God
  • Victorious over death
  • Sons of God
  • An heir of God

How do we dream with our eyes wide open?  We have to learn all we can about God’s will for us, we have to act on what we learn, we have to look for opportunities to grow beyond where we are, we have to take advantage of the opportunities to grow and surround ourselves with people who will push us to do better and be better for God.  If P.T. Barnum had sat in the alley dreaming he would never have become the greatest showman.

I encourage you to “Come Alive” – dream with your eyes wide open.

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