When you are young, you usually have a vision of what you would like your life in the future to be like. You are filled with hopes and dreams for the future and with enough hard work and perseverance you can accomplish those dreams and live the life you have envisioned. You have your whole life ahead of you and plenty of time to do whatever your heart desires.
Some pursue these visions with passion and accomplish all they set out to do with a singleness of purpose. Others are undecided and seem to drift about from one thing to another, until they finally realize that they need to take action or never accomplish anything. These are the ones who start late in life – in their 30’s – and move toward the goal they have set, now that they have the realization of mortality. Still young enough to have a vision and the drive to carry it out.
Then there are those who had hopes, dreams and visions when they were young but through life’s circumstances they were altered, restructured and finally forgotten, or laid aside, because they no longer have the energy to try anymore. Past mistakes and hurts keep them from pursuing anything other than their own existence until the dreams are forgotten.
The dreams fade under daily life and the old man sits retrospect, wishing he had made other choices along the way. Feeling that he has nothing to look forward to, he spends his time looking back, trying to remember the good times and not dwell on the bad decisions, but they are always there to haunt his quiet moments. They are always there to ask him, “Why pursue dreams? They are but a trick of the imagination. Something to distract you from what is really important right now and time is not on your side, is it?”
So the old man says to himself, “Leave the dreams to the young men, while they still have time to carry them out.” Never mind the years of experience he has which could be applied to see his dreams fulfilled. Never mind that with God all things are possible.
In this age of financial turmoil and civil disobedience, many young people are beginning to, or already have lost the desire to dream and have taken on the old man’s perspective. They have no vision for the future because the future doesn’t seem to hold anything for them. The elderly feel that they can only reminisce about the simpler times and try to exist until they themselves expire and are forgotten.
I believe we may be nearing the time spoken of by the prophet Joel. Young men WILL see visions and those whose eyes have grown dim with age WILL dream dreams once more. As long as the older generation is willing to share their dreams with the young, and the young are willing to listen to the voice of wisdom, dreams will come to fruition no matter the age of the dreamer. God-given dreams are meant to be shared and completed. The experience of age will dream and the energy of the youth will catch the vision of those dreams to carry them out. Relationships need to be bonded in common goals.
As we go forward in the days ahead, get to know those around you, listen intently, discount no man’s (or woman’s) dream. Their dreams and visions may need something that only you can offer.
Could that possibly be what God was talking about through the prophet Joel?.
© Simply Consider This, 2013.