4: When God Disrupts Your Dreams

When God Disrupts Your DreamsDave’s story led us to think about two very different songs. First, there’s Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” from 1968. And, from the 90s there’s the lesser known “Dreams I Dream for You” by Avalon. The songs represent two distinct perspectives on life.

Sinatra confidently belts out one man’s mission statement:
“… For what is a man; what has he got
If not himself then he has not
To say the things he truly feels
And not the words of one who kneels …”

On the surface, it sounds so powerful, defiant, in control. As humans, there’s something very attractive about that. Who doesn’t want to be in control?

In contrast, the second song seems to surrender all that need for control as the singer hears these words from God:

 “The dreams I dream for you
Are deeper than the ones you’re clinging to
More precious than the finest things you knew
And truer than the treasures you pursue
Let the old dreams die
Like stars that fade from view
Then take the cup I offer
And drink deeply of
The dreams I dream for you”

No wonder the first song had (and continues to have) a larger following. Besides being sung by “the Chairmen of the Board” himself, his song seems to promise the possibility of living a life centered on you and getting everything you want in return.

The second song invites the listener to abandon all those dreams so that God can replace them with even better ones. Today’s podcast is such a story. Dave, as he tells it, had the world by the tail – until God disrupted his dreams.

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