Dream the Impossible
I am a Jim Nabors fan. I have a DVD set of the whole series of Gomer Pyle USMC. When I need a good laugh I allow myself the indulgence of Jim Nabor’s humour. In the video above though there is a serious message that we all have a quest to fulfill. We are all here for a purpose that though we don’t often fully understand it, nonetheless each of us was born into this world for a reason.
The song is about a middle -aged retired country gentleman named Alonso Quixano, who imagines himself to be the knight-errant, Don Quixote. It was made into the musical Man of La Mancha. I got thinking as I listened to Jim Nabors sing To Dream the Impossible Dream about how God put us on this earth for a quest that is God-designed. He calls us to use the diversity of our gifts like Don Quixote for a heavenly cause. For some that quest is to be the best teacher you can be. Others are called into the world of business, not merely for the acquisition of wealth; but for a larger purpose of using that wealth to help others. Others are called like Don Quixote to fight against the injustice they see in their community. They are ambassadors of hope for those who live in the misery and degradation of mind, soul and body that poverty can cause.
Have you found your dream? Do you know what you are being called to do with your life? Would you be willing to march into the hellishness of life’s struggles that others are having? There are so many suffering souls waiting for you to help them to reach their goals. For many the dream is a simple one — that they wouldn’t have to fight the gnawing pain of hunger anymore; that children wouldn’t be eating bark and dirt in Nicaragua to survive; that a child wouldn’t be digging through a garbage dump in Thailand for a piece of rotting meat to live; that a mother wouldn’t have to look into the eyes of her child and pray with her last ounce of courage that her child would not die, as malnutrition causes her child to die the death of a thousand cuts, as hope dies its slow and miserable death; that any promising student would be given the opportunity to go to university ; that others would have a job that helped provide for their family. And for all of us, that we would have a world where no one else would die from barbaric acts of terrorism.
Christ had what the world at that time regarded as impossible dreams, that all people would take off the grave clothes of darkness and put on the garments of hope. Like Don Quixote our saviour allowed himself to be covered with scars and suffer scorn in His quest that the world might be saved from their oppression of body, mind and spirit. He was the man of sorrows acquainted with grief(Isaiah 53:3). Christ walked through storm, desert, wind and rain with His followers following God’s dream, the hope that all of us would be freed from our sins(John 3: 16).
So, what is your purpose? What dream has God put upon your heart? If your Lord has put the dream upon your heart, be glad of your critics. It means you are on the right track.
Let me be perfectly clear I’m not talking about unattainable dreams, but the ones that can be reached. I recognize that I will never be successful at anything involving a career working with my hands. Trust me on this. This is the fellow who scored zero on craftsmanship in the spiritual gifts assessment I completed. So, if you need a home built for Habitat for Humanity while I can help with nailing boards, never ask me to be the lead for the project. It’s not my gifting. I accept that because I know that my Lord has given me His own gifts for His kingdom purposes, which I humbly thank Him for. However, the talents I have been given are not merely for me, but moreover for others. We are not called to be Don Quixote or even to be a Paul or a Peter. We are all called to be the best me we can be. We are all part of what media theorist and professor Marshall Mcluhan said is a global village, which should be seeking to improve the lives of others.
If Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Gandhi can dare to dream of a world where everyone is equal, where race and colour fade into a sea of insignificance, then all of us should never stop dreaming.
We have for us the greatest example of a dreamer in Christ, who in His short life healed the sick, brought sight to the blind and made the lame to walk. Along the way He taught His disciples and apostles how to love and accept all people as being equally important in God’s eyes.
Like the marine portrayed in the character of Gomer Pyle, who would often be clumsy, we all have our challenges. I think that his platoon sergeant got an ulcer trying to teach P.F.C. Pyle all he needed to know to be a marine. Even his drill sergeant was shocked at the side of Pyle he hadn’t seen of this incredible singer. Each one of us has a beauty of soul that when it is ignited, will be a catalyst for positive change in people’s lives.
Let us like Christ and Don Quixote dream the impossible dream that all of us would reach the stars of God’s potential for us. Like Don Quixote when our work for our Lord is done and we are called home, let us hope the community to which we gave ourselves to will have become a little better because for our presence.
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