I had a dream last night that didn't fall into the "crazy dreams" category, but I would be crazy to think it would come true.
But before I explain that, an awesome, unrelated story. I delivered a large order to a middle school Friday night that was having a dance. Because I arrived before the check meant for me, I got to stand around and wait. I waited until one of the girls, probably in 8th grade, came in, then asked the DJ, "So what time's Bieber due here? 7:30? 8:00?" Without missing a beat, the girl turned around and said, "Oh, didn't you hear? Justin Bieber got murdered last night." Then she turned to walk away.
I called her back, said, "Wait, what was that?" She explained: "Yeah, it was on CSI."
That girl is way too quick-witted to be in junior high, but clearly way too smart to have been held back. I have no explanation. So, now for something completely different:
I had a dream last night that I...well, I don't want to say it right out, but I was up for a job that I never would have thought possible. Not only would I have doubted I'd get it, I doubt I'd even want it -- just not my type of job. Suffice to say, it was a position of great responsibility. I remember in particular, in the dream, sitting down and writing out, "My goals for this are ____________." Whatever they were. I only think I wrote down one before waking up.
But it got me thinking. I know I've written about Daniel 6:3 before, how an excellent spirit brings promotion, which is something I never heard in predominantly white churches. I've also written about the theological gap between white and black churches. The first one seems to be my most popular post. Perhaps that gap exists because, statistically speaking, fewer white people have to worry about getting a promotion than black people.
Once I considered all of the things I would do if such a position were given to me, I realized something: I need all of those traits in me now, or I'll never be able to do such things then. If the Lord really wants to do that in my life, so be it. If He's doing it, I know I'll get it. I could get it by the flesh, but then I wouldn't have His blessing upon my life.
Bottom line: I need character built up in my life now, while things are easy, so they're already there and I'm not trying to develop said things while wearing the burden of responsibility at the same time. That's the real truth about leadership positions is that you're responsible for what happens. People want to be a CEO or a politician or a high ranking officer because of prestige and power, but they don't understand that with such a position comes responsibility. The old saying goes that "Rank has its privileges," which is nice, until you realize you are literally responsible for everything that happens under your hand. You can try to shuck responsibility, but that's not a trait of Godly character. Adam and Eve did that in the Garden (Genesis 3), when what they (and all of us) really needed to do is own up to their failures and repent before a holy God. So, whether I'm Driver Team Leader at Domino's or Supreme Emperor of the Known Universe (not what I dreamt about, by the way), I need to be able to be faithful in the small things before I can be faithful in the big ones.
Then He reminds me:
11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
12Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
13And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
14And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.
-- Jeremiah 29:11-14.