by: Jonathan Painter
“For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.” Ecclesiastes 5:3
In the heart of every young person there should develop a dream. A dream of what they can do and where they can go, of how they can better themselves and impact the world. Every young person ought to have a vision of what they can do in the work of God. I understand that not every young person who reads this piece will be someone who has been called into full-time Christian service, but every young Christian who reads this ought to have a dream, and in that dream there should be a place given to the work of God in your local church. We should dream, but how is our dream accomplished?
The Bible shows in Ecclesiastes that dreams will be accomplished by action. Young people of action accomplish their dreams, but a foolish young person will sit around and only talk about their dreams. The wise young man who develops a dream will begin to work and accomplish the business that will help him accomplish his dream. I once knew a young man who had a dream of owning his own business while being a good Christian laymen and active in his local church. This young man began to work towards owning his own business as a teenager. The other guys would go out and play ball, but he would go out and work in the field of his future. The friends of this young man would go and purchase gaming systems and video games, while he began to build a savings account for his new business. This young man grew up and is now a wealthy business owner who often helps his local church financially. How did this happen? The young man had a vision, and worked to accomplish his dream.
There were two young ladies both counting the days until they would grow up and have a husband and a home of their own. One of the young ladies spent time as a teenager learning to cook, sew, and take care of the housework with her mother. The other young lady spent her teen years texting and calling all her friends, playing video games and drooling over fashion magazines. When these two ladies grow up, which will be prepared to fulfill her dream? I dare say that the young lady who spent her time preparing to be a wife and mother will be the best prepared to fulfill her dream as a homemaker.
Now, please do not misunderstand the truth of the lesson in this article. I am not criticizing leisure time, but rather the over-excessive use of leisure time. There are two types of people in the world, there are those who talk about getting something done, and then there are those who roll up their sleeves and do it. My friend, do not be one of those who simply sits idle talking about a dream as a fool does, but rather be a young person of action who sets forth with diligence to accomplish the dream God has placed in your heart.
Lincoln Baptist Church