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I don’t like to talk about dreams too much. That subject may rank right up there with sex and politics and religion. Like the person who says, “I never remember my dreams,” there are many who subconsciously say, “I don’t dare to dream.” Unfortunately for a lot of Christians, that stance is reinforced by the idea of false humility. You know, “What do you mean you want to do more than usher or bake bread for the covered dish or_______?”

It took me a long time to figure out that many of my inspired ideas were putting me in the prison cell of “Dreamer” in the eyes of even friends. I don’t know whether people are threatened by dreams and dreamers because they ‘don’t dare’ or whether they don’t understand vision or have been burned by failed dreams or if they are just plain jealous of vision and visionaries. Whatever it is, being caged by the reputation of being a dreamer makes you want to rattle everyone else’s cage!

As for me, I DO remember my literal nighttime and visionary dreams and I try to walk in them. As my consciousness was raised that people were blowing me off as a dreamer, I remember writing in large letters and plastering it on my billboard something that the Holy Spirit probably inspired: “I don’t despise my dreams because most of them come true!” This became my personal slogan and it became my reality as one dream after another, not always in my timing, became true and each successive one opened the door to the next.

Which takes me to Joyce Meyer and the turtle. Meyer, a bible teacher, said that “change” isn’t going to happen without our cooperation. We have to do “what we can do so God can do what we can’t do.”

Which brings me to the turtle. I still don’t know how a big turtle got up to our second floor unless it was a prank by our son. We have steep stairs. But one thing is for sure: he must have felt trapped and he probably started dreaming of home in the grass and streams. He did what he could do and God took care of the rest. THUD!! Our daughter came running, “A turtle just fell down our steps!” Sure enough, his hard shell sounded like someone had dropped a rock. We stared. We took all sorts of pictures and videos while the turtle waited for his dream to come true. We picked him up and ‘delivered’ him. It all started with his first step, and although he got bumped up a bit as fell down four steps, he had a least placed himself in a position to be delivered.

Turtles may seem slow, but even they know how to dream.

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It appears that Joseph stole God’s dreams and The Almighty had a burglar alarm.

For those not familiar with Joseph, read about him in Genesis 37.
The essence of the story is that God put some tremendous literal and figurative dreams into the head and heart of a 17 year-old.
Joseph “took” what was not his and claimed it as his own. Call it stealing or borrowing, whatever. 
Since I’m a fairly honest guy, I’ll tell you something. I’ve done the same thing.
When we receive inspiration, dreams, visions, and plans, we really think they are “ours” and we may keep them to ourselves or make the mistake that Joseph did by broadcasting it to people who live in a smaller world and may even be prone to jealousy. That exacerbates the problem. But the result of dream “sharing” (can we call it “subtle bragging”?) is just a means which God will use to bring humility into our lives so that we can live the dream without owning it.
It all boils down to whose dream are we going to live in? Joseph eventually lived the American dream: a beautiful wife, a couple of kids, a great job and you know the rest. But he didn’t live it until he returned something that wasn’t his. Any alarms go off for you?

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