Facing Giants in Life and Work
Message Recap | 3.22.2015
Speaker: Aaron Taylor, Lead Pastor
Are you a dreamer? Are you someone who has hopes and dreams for your future? My wife and I are dreamers. We both look ahead to what we would like our future to look like, and I believe that both Nancy and I dream BIG dreams. We dream outside of human capabilities because we believe that God is BIGGER than any dream we have and capable of fulfilling those dreams in our lives.
Did you know that your ability to dream is a God given gift? It’s what makes you different from animals. Animals cannot imagine the future. God gave you as a human being, made in his image, the ability to see the past. That’s called memory. And to visualize or imagine the future. That’s called dreaming. You’ve got to have a dream. If you don’t have a dream for your life you’re literally just drifting. You’re letting life happen to you. And by the way, when you are coasting you’re always going downhill, so you need a dream for your life.
I want you to remember something. We are most like our Creator when we are creative. Nothing happens without a dream. Everything you see – every piece of art, every business, every architecture, every product, everything happens because somebody thought it up first. Everything begins as a dream.
Today we end our series called “Transformed” with vocational health. How do you make it at work? Here is something to consider. Every person needs to figure out their life dream, their life work. Your life work is far more important than your job, because your jobs are going to change. But your life work is the dream that God gives you for your life. Statistics report that for every person who figures that out and heads after their dream there are nine people who are afraid to get started.
Those areas that cause us to be afraid to go after our dream are what we call the giants in the pathway. These are giant problems. These are dream busters that stand there in your path saying, “You will not pass by.” You will not go any further than this. And if you believe it, you get stuck in mediocrity.
Fortunately we have a wonderful illustration in the Bible that shows us how to deal with the giants in our life. It’s the story of David and Goliath.
1 Samuel 17:2-7 (NIV): “Saul and the Israelites assembled and camped in the Valley of Elah and drew up their battle line to meet the Philistines. The Philistines occupied one hill and the Israelites another, with the valley between them. A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. His height was six cubits and a span. He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels; on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels. His shield bearer went ahead of him.”
But there is so much more to learn about this famous duel in Scripture that most people have not heard. If you want to know more about Transformed Part 7 – Vocational Health and Facing Giants in Life and Work, listen to our podcast at http://painesvilleag.com/transformed for the complete message.
Friend, what giants are standing between you and fulfilling the dream that God has placed in your heart? Your giant is not as big as he appears. If you will remember what God has done for you in the past, use the tools that you have been given, ignore the dreambusters, and step out in faith believing God to help for His glory, then I believe you will see your dreams fulfilled and your giants fall. This week spend some time in prayer and ask God to renew the dream He has given you and seek the pathway to see it fulfilled. If you say, “I don’t have a dream from God.” I say you most certainly do. God has created all of us with a special purpose which He will see fulfilled in us. Dream BIG because we serve an even BIGGER God.