5 things to do when your dream is dying.
Mark 5: 21-24 “When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered round him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23 He pleaded earnestly with him, ‘My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.’ 24 So Jesus went with him.”
When your dream is dying:
- Stop being the leader, the manager or the professional or whatever title you are. You become like any man, you are as desperate as the next. You realise how powerless you really are. Everyone gets reminded of their humanity eventually.
- You have to move. There has to be a changing of what you are doing. You cannot keep doing what you are doing and see your dream die. The synagogue was a house of a small assembly of people who would meet to understand Gods word, worship and pray. (Jesus in effect created a synagogue in his house in Capernaum). Jairus had to leave the house, he had to stop his duties, he had to move.
- You have to ignore the crowd of voices. They had their own needs, there was no queue at the lake, it was chaos, hustle and bustle. Then perhaps people began to see Jairus and wonder what he was doing there, maybe they knew, maybe they asked him. When your dream is dying your voice has to become the important voice in a sea of voices.
- You have to worship. You have to fall down. You have to become less, small, insignificant. He must become greater, larger and significant. You need to discover desperate worship.
- Your prayers have to become earnest, in other translations you have to beg. This week a beggar came to me asking but as I wondered what to do and if I had some small change he moved on and I thought if only he had stayed begging he would have got something. Beggars need to develop relationship even for a short time to receive, they don’t learn this important principle. Jairus prayed earnestly, he begged. He wasn’t going to go anywhere, Jesus was the only person for him. James 5:16 says “The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].”
When those 5 things are implemented then Jesus will follow you to your dying dream, even though he may want to do something greater than you had imagined. But that comes later!