The hospital you see behind me (in the video above) is the hospital in which I worked for about two years when I was in college.
When I worked there I literally did the nastiest jobs there were to do. I was an orderly.
Which means that when nobody else wanted to do the job … I did the job.
Now you may be wondering, why in the world would you do that, Richard?
Well, it was for one simple reason.
At the time, I was planning to go to medical school.
But it turns out you have to have REALLY good grades to get into medical school, a fact that I was less aware of at the time.
After two years of college, it was clear that I would have to exit that plan—and that job at the hospital.
A recent trip to that same hospital to visit a family member made me think …
Why had I even been on that path to begin with?
Then I realized that I had been on that path because of what I thought people would think about me.
I was chasing somebody else’s dream!
Pastor, are you still called to dream?
Or are you chasing somebody else’s dream?
If you’re not careful, you can adopt others’ dreams—especially those belonging to pastors that we consider “church famous.”
Have you stopped hearing God’s voice for what your dream is?
Here are key questions to consider—
Are you still dreaming?
Do you still have something that you’re pursuing?
Is God giving you a vision for where you are going?
A mentor of mine, John Woodall, says that there is a lifecycle to a dream…
That lifecycle basically has three steps.
Step #1 – The birth of the dream. Where you begin to get a vision for what God has called you to do, and an idea about how you can do that.
Step #2 – This is the painful part. It’s the death of the dream.
Step #3 – Is the supernatural resurrection of the dream.
I know for those reading this, that there a lot of you who are in Phase 2 of the dream.
If this is you, and you don’t know if you have the energy or the resources left to pursue the dream.
Here is my simple answer for you:
1. Get back to the fundamentals. Go back and begin to hear God’s voice again.
2. Block out some time on your calendar and make hearing from God a priority.
3. Sit down and hear God’s voice. And begin to dream again. Ask questions and listen carefully for God’s responses.
4. Write those responses down on paper.
As “professional Christians,” sometimes it’s easy to miss the little things that make the big things possible.
Sometimes I wonder … what if I’d kept chasing the medical dream?
What if I’d never stopped and decided to hear God’s voice, and go in the direction he called me?
Over the past six years, I’ve built this ministry around partnering with pastors to bring great teaching into churches.
And because of that, we’ve been able to impact about 3,000 churches (in 21 countries) in a significant way.
As a result, I now shudder to think what would’ve happened had I chosen to chase somebody else’s dream, instead of the dream that God gave me.
P.S. One particular aspect of this ministry has helped churches learn how to grow beyond their current vision. Check out how 24toDouble helps churches just like yours achieve growth, health, and sustainability.