Joel 2:28
“And it shall come to pass afterward,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams,
and your young men shall see visions.

I remember all the times I read this verse and placed myself in the category of young men seeing visions. Now AARP seems to mail me daily membership offers, always dangling some sort of irresistible tote bag before my eyes as my new membership prize. I suppose this and other statistics now place me in the category of old men dreaming dreams. If I accept this, it is interesting to think what these dreams birthed by the Spirit’s outpouring may be. Here’s a few thoughts off the top of my head…

  1. I dream of God and His Spirit “poured out on me.” I want to know Him and His love. I want to show Him and His love.
  2. I dream of connecting richly with the people I love and live with. My family members, one by one, come to mind more and more everyday. I know our time together is short. My profession is filled with reminders of this.
  3. I dream of Christ’s church. Oh, what we could be in Him!
  4. I dream of making good use of my time. All we have in our lives are days. Lives are nothing more than a collection or series of days. I want days well lived for and in Christ, not squandered. This one is big for me.
  5. I dream of learning new things.
  6. I dream of fulfilling my responsibilities with honor.
  7. I dream of traveling, but not as I did when I was younger. I just wanted to go to places back then. Now I want to go to peoples too.
  8. I dream of finishing what I’ve started and finishing well.
  9. I dream of those I get to set up to lead, the ones I know and the ones I’ve yet to meet. I dream of doing well by their callings from God.
  10. I dream of aging with grace and strength. Living well is the path to dying well.
  11. I dream of wisdom.

If you’re younger, what are your visions? If older, what are your dreams?

“Lord, pour out Your Spirit… on and through me. Replace my agenda with visions that have ripened into dreams… for and of You. Glorify Your Name in and through every day I have left. I know it is a set number. Prepare me to make the most of each and be ready for that day when I’ll be home with You. Amen.”

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