Practical Messages for Impractical Times
I was recently at an estate sale and overheard a conversation which began with “How are you?” In response, the person stated in an upbeat manner, “Living the dream.” It was as if time had stopped. We waited for further clarification of the dream. Was it an abundance of money, a great job, good health…? However, he never said another word as all eyes watched this stranger walking away.
Living the dream is a subjective state of mind. No two individuals will replicate the meaning of this statement. My interpretation of living the dream may be tied to great interaction with my family, enough money to pay the bills, current retired status or experiencing a pain-free day.
From a spiritual perspective, Eternal Life may be seen as a dream. Even though, we are told in John 14 and Revelation 21 that Christ is preparing a new home for us, many have lost hope in this promise. We begin to focus on secular dreams or cease to do our part in changing ungodly character traits. I reflected on my understanding of “a new heaven and a new earth.” Am I really striving for this attainable dream-only available through the process of sanctification-committing myself daily to God?
The thought provoking statement of “living the dream” has me seriously thinking about the changes I need to make in my spiritual journey. Unlike working to obtain “the dream” from a worldly perspective, I am unable to do good works to obtain Eternal Life. It was not a coincidence that I heard the strangers response. There are changes that I am required to make in my life in order to hear “Well done.”
Thank you God for getting my attention-my commitment to you needs improvement.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz