Dreaming & Significance
Think back to when you were a kid. What did you want to be when you grew up?
I remember when I was in pre-school and the teacher asked us that question. Horses amazed me and I thought it would be awesome if I could ride a horse when I grew up. As I got a little bit older, I wanted to be a baseball player! In Monsters University, Mike Wazowski wanted to be a Scarer. I think these desires give us a clue about something deep within each one of us. We all long for a life of significance.
In the movie, Mike headed off to college to be in the scare program at Monsters University. When he gets there, he finds out about the scare games, a chance to prove you’re the best scarer in the whole school! Mike studies hard, but on the final exam, the dean kicks him out of the program because he’s not good enough. Which raises another deeper issue. What do we do when our plans fail?
Try, Try, Try
Mike decided to try another tactic. He made a wager with the dean that he and the loser fraternity could win the games and should be put back into the scare school. She agreed. Along the way they barely make it through each elimination challenge. Mike is the ultimate team cheerleader. But Sully, the best scarer on the team, just couldn’t see it happening he said “you can train them all you want, but you can’t change the way they are!” Which of course raises a third question, are we just who we were created to be? Or can we be more?
At the climax of the movie Mike says “I thought if I wanted it enough that I could show everyone that Mike Wazowski was special. But I couldn’t. “ Isn’t that true? Sometimes we think that if we want it enough, then we can get it! If we just work a bit harder, then we can succeed.
In my own life, My dreams of being a baseball star ended when I realized that no matter how hard I tried, I was born legally blind in one eye. I was never going to see the baseball the way my friends did. What about you? What are your dreams? In what ways have your dreams been crushed?
When God’s people, the nation of Israel were in captivity and everything seemed hopeless, God said “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
The world is broken, we’re going to face opposition. But God created the world. He created you and me. He created us for good! We live in a broken world where we face opposition to our dreams. And we contribute to that brokenness because we aren’t perfect. Just like Mike and Sully, we are a part of breaking each others dreams. We break people’s dreams.
A New Purpose
But God came into the brokenness of the world. Jesus was God in the flesh. He experienced the opposition and surprisingly he submitted to it. He died.
Scripture also says “His power is made perfect in our weakness.” Jesus demonstrated that when he died on the cross. Scripture says that God raised him from the dead. He’s inviting us to recognize the ways we have been a part of crushing other people’s dreams and ask for forgiveness from him.
He is inviting us to join him in his mission in the unique way that we have been created to restore people’s dreams and help them accomplish God’s great mission which simply put is to make everything right. But we can’t do this on our own. We need God. We need him to forgive us. He’s the only one who has never crushed anyone’s dream. In fact, he made the original dream.
So what about you? Where are you? How do you respond?
Are you still dreaming? What are you dreaming about?
Have you recognized the ways you have crushed others dreams?
Have you asked God to forgive you?
Have you joined him in his mission of restoring people’s dreams?