Have You Ever Had a Dream?

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Can our dreams and passion get us off track from pursuing God? Why would God want our dreams to die? In this session from the 2013 RightNow Work As Worship Conference, Phil Vischer, creator of VeggieTales and founder of jellytelly.com, tells the story of his dream—hard work, dramatic success, heartbreaking failure and—oh yes—talking vegetables and how the death of his dream was the beginning of a whole new life.

As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact your role. 

Phil shared how the culture, church and our spiritual journey impacts the way we value the importance of our dreams. How has the culture influenced you in your pursuit of your dreams? How has your spiritual journey impacted the underlying purpose of your dream?
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God whispers and talks through the people in your life to keep you focused on Him. Who in your sphere of influence keeps you accountable? How do you react when those who love you tell you something you don't want to hear about your dream?
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Phil said, "God wants us to let go of our dreams. Why? Because anything that you are unwilling to let go of, is an idol and you are in sin." How can your work become an idol in your life? What can you do to avoid finding your identity in your work?
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Things to remember as you let go of your dream:
  1. God loves you. 
  2. When it’s time to do something for God—and that time will come—don’t worry about the outcome, that’s His job. You’re responsibility is to do what He asks you to do.
  3. Beware your dreams for dreams make dangerous friends. God should be enough. God is enough even without our dreams. 

We can not be obedient to God and will not know what He wants us to do if we stay busy and preoccupied. Phil said that as he waits for God's direction, he spends time in Scripture, prays and stays quiet enough to hear God's wisdom. How do you wait on God for direction? What can you do to find rest in God especially during difficult times?
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Phil concluded, “Let Christ shred your dragon skin—your ambition, your will, your hopes, your dreams— and lead you into a whole new life. Trust me, it’s worth it.” 

For information about the upcoming Work as Worship Conference, go to workasworshipnetwork.org.