Dreams are, all too often, very freeing adventures that take us to places that we’ve either never been to previously or locations that we remember from days gone by. Last night, I awoke from a dream where I had been back in Hong Kong and was on my way to Macao but couldn’t find the “Gong-Oh Ma Tao” (Macao Ferry Wharf) that would be where I’d meet friends and we’d catch the ferry together. Hmm, the only problem is that I’ve been to that ferry pier at least 100 times and I can’t imagine my plan to take a taxi from the Kowloon side of the harbor to the Hong Kong side because I am just not that extravagant with spending. Dreams are fascinating. They often have a mixture of the real world with the idealistic world of hopes or aspirations. While I loved my “dream excursion back home to Hong Kong last night,” I am realistic enough to know the difference between the world of dreams and our daily experiences.
In the life of FCBC, we may need to learn to dream a bit more as we push ourselves beyond what we think we can practically accomplish. Dreams stretch our minds to be more creative in our expectations and may even encourage us to be more bold in our planning. As Christians, we have received the greatest gift that the creator of the world could possibly offer a person, eternal life. Yet, our natural response should be that we dream to share this great gift with our friends and relatives. It is my desire to see us, FCBC, become a body of dreamers who will do whatever we can to grow as we reach out with the outstanding news that Jesus has given us life’s purpose. May I encourage you to never “settle for average” with your life or your expectation of us as Christians. We must be dreamers as we can see God do amazing things in leading our friends to become followers of Jesus. We must be activists as we live and share Jesus with those in whom we come in contact. Pray for our boldness and our burden. then, share Jesus with others.