GENESIS 37:5- Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. 6 He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: 7 We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.” 8 His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said. 9 Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” 10 When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” 11 His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
This past Wednesday was my last service as a Youth Pastor. If you’d like to hear more about Liz and I’s transition, listen to the sermon here.
The title of my message was , “Hello, from the other side”.
Not because I’m happy to be moving on, it’s actually really sad. But because I’m done. That’s it. I did it. I was given, fought for, fought through, and accomplished A DREAM. I did it.
I lived the dream.
Being a Youth Pastor was always my dream, it was always THE dream. And after almost 5 years, 2015 was a great year to reflect on the fact that with God’s help…I had really done it.
- Youth Pastor
- Grow that youth group (Over 400 decisions for Christ in 2015 alone)
- Release an album with that Youth Group that hits the top 10 on iTunes (Listen to it!)
- Write a Best-Selling Book about that Youth Group that hits #1 on Amazon (Read it!)
- Impact a city with that Youth Group (The city gave us an award!)
- Invest & develop someone who would go on to do it better than me. (Check out his YouTube Channel!)
I’ve lived my dream, I’m on the other side of it. And now that I am, I can see things I wish I had know when I started.
When Joseph shared his dream with his brothers and father, he was on the wrong side of it. The unfulfilled side. It didn’t make any sense, and seemed impossible. It’s a frustrating place to be, and I’m betting a lot of you are there today.
God has placed an impossible dream inside of you. And you’ve been holding on to it for a while. And nothing’s happening.
I want you to hear me today, to hear God today, and to hear it from the future YOU. The YOU who’s already on the other side.
These are the things I wish I knew about your dream. Things I can only tell you now.
1. Don’t dream of success. Dream on purpose.
Dreams of success are unfulfilling dreams. They usually come after leaving a concert or a conference, after watching a Music video, Shark Tank, or DJ Khaled’s snapchat.
They’re centered around things, money, and recognition. They always start with sentences like, “To be the biggest____” “To be the best ______” To sell _______ many CD’s”. But the problem with that is that its definition is based on comparison to others. It requires being better than “others”. the recognition of “others”, and the praise of “others”. Success comes from man. But purpose comes from God.
When you dream on Purpose, you’re not subject to what other people think. Because they can’t measure it, only you can. When Joseph told his brothers what he saw, they laughed, got upset, he didn’t care, he was just going to do what he was called to do.
When you grasp this concept of purpose, then it don’t matter how many cd’s, people, followers, subscribers, money or likes you got. When you get to heaven God will say you did it. You did what I put in your heart.
And it’s not that success and purpose are mutually exclusive. You can have both. But you can only chase one.
2. There will be a million chances to quit, moments of captivity, and a hundred calls to “get real”. Keep walking.
You’ll never know how hard this job can be sometimes. How many nights we cried. How many times we thought about quitting or giving up. Yet here we are.
We made it.
And not only did we make it. But we’re stronger…
Genesis 50:20 “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.”
You ever been to a haunted house? It’s a maze. You’d be in there for hours, and never get to your destination.
If it wasn’t for the monsters.
They pop-out and scare you when you least expect it! Not fun. But you know what I’ve realized?
They always scare you AWAY from where your coming from and TOWARDS where you want to go.
The maker of the house placed them, strategically and intentionally, to get you where he wants you.
The scary moments in Joseph’s life were actually placed there by God. And I can say I’m so grateful for the challenges these past years.
Every fearful moment, when I thought I thought I was done, and wasn’t going to make it, was actually the GPS of my destiny, sending me to my next step.
I wouldn’t have made it to the other side without them.
3. At the end of your dream, is another dream.
When Joseph dreamed, he had 2 dreams.
When Pharaoh dreamed, he had 2 dreams.
In the prison, with the baker and the cup bearer, there were 2 dreams.
I had no idea what to expect when I got to the other side of dream. Everything in my life up till that point was lived for THAT. But I’m here now and I see it.
When you do finally get to the other side of your dream. (and you will) You know what’s waiting?
And I got mine.
Can’t wait to share it with you.
And I can’t wait for you to share yours with me.[Comment below and share your dream. Also, click on any of the social media buttons to share this post with your friends, anyone who’s about to throw their dream in the trash. Let’em know you’ve seen the other side)