Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Dreams and Destiny of Believers - 8

"All the factors say GO, but my heart says NO!" Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee surprised his guests on his Fox News Channel show when he said he won't seek the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. His friends and associates wanted him to run, but after many hours of listening to others and telling his family that the media would pry into their lives his heart said it'd probably be caustic and costly and his love for Jesus Christ was more important. Huckabee in his quiet hours; sleeping, dreaming and after much soulful praying said basically 'I love what I'm doing and I enjoy bringing hope and encouragement to my listeners. I love my Lord Jesus Christ with all my heart' and he for now will abstain from seeking political office.

Many news medias left out the mention of Jesus Christ, but when he said, "NO" he was choosing to stick to his faith Jesus Christ rather than seeking the presidential bid. The television, radio and religious personality had found favor in God and was enjoying his life. Huckabee dashed the dreams of others who would receive payment for political services. Some dreams in life come true and some don't, but what happens to your dreams depends on how much effort you put out to attain your dream, but don't give up on your dreams. Huckabee never mentioned the word 'lucrative' career in show business. That 'lucrative' word was fodder from journalistic tongues. I for one am glad he isn't running, because I enjoy listening to him and his guests on his show and he enjoy his grin while picking his guitar with guests like Ted Nugent. The Motor City madman needs help. Huckabee is a mentor to many people and he enjoys talking with others that have different viewpoints. He loves pickin' and grinnin'.

This weekend I had the opportunity to look at a 2010 pictorial book entitled "365 days" by Todd Reed of Ludington, Michigan. Reed was a photographer for the Ludington Daily News for 23 years and opened his own photography gallery where any person can buy prints of his favorite scenery. The photos in the book are stunning and beautiful and come complete with description of the scenes and camera lenses used to create his expose. He took a stunning photo of the T-38 Talon jet fighter that is perfectly balanced on a pedestal near the entrance to the Mason County Airport. The plane in the photo looks so real; it is a real jet fighter out of commission, but that jet inspires the dreams of others. It inspired him to write that it's always been his dream to really ride or fly in a T-38 jet fighter. He lives and hopes to ride in that plane, but for now he's still waiting.

For many years I've wanted to ride in a Lake Michigan offshore powerboat race. 'I'd like to put the throttle down.' Powerboats rock. For some reason the horsepower thrills me and it isn't just the thrill of impressing others. That's my dream. It still could happen, but if it doesn't I shant be disappointed for God has answered many of my other dreams. You don't always get what you wish for, but you must close your eyes and start dreaming. God can help you reach your dreams. Our dreams are foundations for action and progression along life's journey.

As life progresses there will probably be dream destroyers and destiny quenchers riding your a.. or flaming your mind but don't listen or dwell with those who persecute you. If you are a big dreamer with lots of plans be forewarned they come with hard work and the best dream fulfillment comes when you start at the bottom and work you way up to realize your dream. Meditate daily and seek God's help and your excitement level and energy will rise, but be aware don't get a swelled head or a 'holier-than-thou' persona. Share your dreams with others who share your enthusiasm. Seek God's help and live your life pleasing in His sight. Know God, but dream fulfillment is based upon belief that He put you in your predicament for a purpose. Goals are God-given and God will drive you into the future.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of dreams." To know whether its time to seek your dream depends on if you know God. God gives insights in dreams and God helped Joseph, the son of Jacob to reach his goals. Joseph got himself in trouble with his 11 brothers when they became jealous of the things God revealed to him in his dreams. Innocently he wanted to share his dreams and aspirations with them. Joseph was a highly motivated young man full of God's wisdom and for that reason he knew what he desired in life from many hours of meditating while guarding his father's flock of sheep. He knew the direction of his life and while sharing his insights his many brothers grew to despise him and hatched a plan to kill Joseph and rid their lives. For his effort his dream coat of many colors was shredded to give the appearance a lion had killed him, but at the last minute his brothers sold him to slave traders. The brothers had ridded their lives of the big dreamer, but this was the beginning of Joseph's rise to power. His spirit was unwavering. Joseph didn't give up his dreams so why should you quit because you met a roadblock.

To be a big dreamer takes guts. Joseph knew God and he trusted God and technically Joseph started at the bottom of his dream. He didn't lose his perspectives of his goal and neither should anyone who has big dreams for a better future. To realize dreams we must recognize the motivational aspects of life and cling to available resources. Joseph's mind was programmed not to accept second best. Joseph's brothers lied to Jacob, made false accusations and he spent many lonely days and nights being imprisoned and still his unbending spirit wouldn't die. Dreamers must know their potential in life, but also their limitations. Joseph faced persecution from his brothers and Pontiphar's wife in Gen. 39:7-20, but this didn't get Joseph to change his course in life. Despite family turmoil and tension was on fire for the Lord and displayed his self-assurances to others. He wasn't a pushover.

Even while Joseph was imprisoned he made friends with those who listened to him and he was referred to the Pharaoh. Joseph was a man of positive image and this paved his way for success when he was 40 years old. Joseph dreamed of become a man of political prominence and when he pictured himself as a ruler someday, well that's when his brothers decided he must go. Joseph's dream became reality and in Egypt he reigned second to Pharaoh. Huckabee's destiny originates from his heart like Joseph's and excludes what others want. Huckabee's 2012 heart told him "NO". His destiny is about life choices and the Holy Spirit directed his dreams and God's promises for the future like in Jeremiah 33:3 and 33:15. Seek your dreams.

I'm tired and hot. Time for bed. Dreams and destiny continues...

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