Dream Again

In August of 1963 Martin Luther King boldly proclaimed ‘I have a dream…’ – he stood up to speak for the hopes and aspirations of a generation, he called for freedom and his words continue to inspire today. But it all started with a dream.

I’ve been thinking about dreams lately. I believe God has placed within the human soul the desire to dream, to hope for things that are beyond our reach though not impossible. That we could dare to see into our future and imagine is a wonderful thing.

But there’s a hard reality, if you can’t see you can’t dream!

If you’re blind, you’re future doesn’t exist.

In the Gospel of Mark we meet a son of Israel who is blind. His only future is to beg along the road side hoping for a random act of kindness. In the dirt he can do nothing but lift his hands and hope for the little that he lives off. A good day for him is the offering of somebody else’s bread crumbs. A bad day is the promise of the same tomorrow. You can exist without a dream, but it’s not a life.

One day while sitting along Jericho’s road, on his knees and in the dust he hears a sound. The man from Nazareth is passing by, it’s not the first time a Nazarene would have passed but this time it’s different. This time it’s the one they call Yeshua. Prophets come and go, same declarations, same rhetoric but His words aren’t so empty. So he goes for broke and begins to shout. “Jesus, son of David”

They quickly move to shut him down, but he’s all in now and shouts louder.

As the story goes Jesus stops and restores his vision. Now, he has the ability to see; now he has the ability to dream again.

Do you have a dream? As a pastor I meet people who feel just like Bartimaeus, alive but not living, blind and without a dream.

If you study the name Timaeus or Timai in Aramaic, it means ‘highly prized’ – I know you know this but you are Timai. You are highly prized. You’re precious and valuable. You matter. And your dreams matter too!

You might need to ask Jesus like Bartimaeus did, help me see again. Restore my dreams so I can live.

And He can.

Keep chasing light!

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Words In Jesus’ Name

G’day! Welcome to Chasing Light!

There’s a story I heard years ago, a humble minister of the Gospel who deeply loved God and God’s people who tirelessly gave all that he had to serve. His life was dedicated to the ragamuffin’s of his generation. He spent his time among the dirty street people society likes to hide from. At his death, a tall nomad stood at the foot of his coffin for hours standing guard tenderly resting his hand on the wooden box. Another guest inquired as to how well he knew the minister? Through tear filled eyes he whispered: “He is the only Jesus I ever knew.”

Lester Sumrall is quoted in saying ‘what a different world we would have if whatever we said, whatever we did, we spoke these words, “In Jesus’ Name.”

Colossians 4:5-6 puts it like this; ‘…and make it your duty to make him (Jesus) known. Let every word you speak be drenched with grace and tempered with truth and clarity.’

Colossians 3:17 says “Let every activity of your lives and every word that comes from your lips be drenched with the beauty of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One.”

Notice the Apostle Paul shines a light on what he calls our duty. He draws emphasis on making Jesus known through words that are drenched in grace, truth and clarity.

It’s been said that the great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

I think that whatever we say and do in Jesus’ Name is going to say more about who we are than any other accomplishment, how about you?

Keep Chasing Light – God Bless!