And he sat down and called the twelve; and he said to them, “If any one would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”
Well, that’s not what I wanted to hear! I have a dream, after all, a special destiny that no one else has, and I intend to be a “star” in my own right! As they love to say on the “reality” talent shows, “I need to take it to the next level”, ramp up my game and get all the accomplishment and recognition that I can achieve. I’ve given “my life” to this, and “winning means everything to me!” Well, that’s just silly talk – you know!?
What we are promised in this life isn’t dream fulfillment. In fact, what we come to understand and follow as our “dreams” can easily be fantasies of exaggerated and needy egos. What if our dream was “to serve”, to inspire, to bless, to share, to be the best and most authentic person that God created us to be? What if that dream meant lifting someone else up to a place of prominence while we remained in the shadows? What if that course took us down a road of hardship and disappointments, and what if that course never resulted in public recognition for our life and labors? Would that mean we are less than the person who seems to have had “all of their dreams come true”?!
I’m surely not implying that we should cease to seek and strive for ways to have a dream that is worthy and attainable – and is the right fit. It just may be that we need a “dream adjustment”, that’s all. Sometimes, “taking it to the next level”, might mean going down a step.
Oh, Lord, I pray you will tap us on the shoulder and help us to dream your dream for the particular life you have given each of us to live. Open our eyes and ears, and enlighten our hearts to receive the corrections that may lead us down a different path than we had intended. To you, who came to be servant, not to be served, we say, Amen.