You have to hear the "Don't You Dare" made-up song at the beginning of this message. It is hilarious!! Erin McManus at www.mosaic.org is talking about "How to Live Wide Awake"; how to live a life that seems beyond our reach. Begin to take the time to listen to the inner voice that pulls us out of the mundane. It begins with a dream. Erin was at Starbucks recently and came outside to find a jet black Ferrari beside his Mini Cooper. But inside, he had seen this magazine called "Good". Inside the magazine was an interesting page that said to vote for 1) Your dreams 2) Cheap gas 3) The Power of Love 3) Faith 4) Peace 5) Fashion 6) Change etc. Some people are living with misdirected passion. Others have never been taught the process of living out their dreams. A last category of people are living lives they feel obligated to live rather than a live of their dreams. In each chapter of the series "Awake", the heroes are the artists. In our lives, there is a canvas of journey by God. We have to have a dream. We were born with God-given curiosity. Human curiosity is fundamental to our survival. But something about life causes us to leave our curiosity on the back burner. Remember when we were small and we had to explore everything? As kids we RAN! In Genesis 4:19-21, there is a story about some brothers. One is the inventor of tents and the other, Jubal, is "the nightmare" (McManus says kiddingly); he was the artist. Zillah was the inventor of tools. But imagine these guys who had to explore and invent the FIRST! But they had to explore and discover. Erin talks about how he went to a small town to speak one time and ended up staying in his hotel room the evening he arrived. But then, the next morning, he realized that there was a Starbucks, Workout place and Sushi Bar within walking distance. If he had just explored, he would have had a very different evening. Don't we get stuck in the habits of our behaviors? We get stuck in routines and we don't explore. We feel like we don't have time to!! In other cases, we are taught that mature Christians don't need to "know everything" or we are taught to be "content". But that shouldn't include our dreams! Sometimes, its just because we carry the scars of failure of our dreams. We've thrown the towel in. There was a time when he went to an amusement park and he somehow talked his young daughter into riding a roller coaster. She had such a terrible experience with that, it took her years to get over it. She had been wounded. Years went by and Erin and she found themselves at "Camp Snoopy" at the Mall of America. There, in the mall, was a roller coaster. It was the first time she was able to get into a roller coaster since her previous bad experience. But it was so fulfilling for she and Erin when she ended up riding it 20 times or so. We have to break past our fears and learn to trust that God desires the best for us and he is with us in His timing. Live the life of adventure!
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