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Topic: Expose (08/22/13)
TITLE: Dreams and Doubt
By leland jones
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But what if there was a different way, a better way, a more productive way to expose? What if exposing someone didn’t humiliate them or drive them away, but actually assisted them by making them aware of their own need? In this way, what if a person’s faith could be exposed by two constants unique and personal to the human condition, that is their dreams and their doubts. One tells a person anything can happen, the other that nothing ever will.
It is not so hard to imagine that the dreams of a person and the doubts of a person both converge at the point of faith. 'Do I dare to dream this dream?' a person may ask while simultaneously feeling the doubt of 'Can this dream come true?'. It is like a scale that needs a weight or a counterbalance to tilt the scale to one side or the other, or sometimes even expose the imbalance of the personal scale we all have. In this way a person's faith can be the counterbalance to the dream, the weight to overcome the doubt, or the force that exposes the imbalance of the individual's personal scale and corrects it.
Ecclesiastes tells a person that God has put 'eternity in their hearts' but that 'no one can find out the work God does from beginning to end'. Sometimes the dream in the heart of someone overwhelms and inspires them to the point of frustration, and so faith exposes the miracle of God's timing. Other times the doubt of walking through Whitman’s 'cities fill'd with the foolish' causes the belief that it is all a wasted effort, and so faith exposes the reality of God's faithfulness. A person who has their dreams and doubts exposed by the reality of their faith is made stronger, better, and able to be an instrument to expose the dreams and doubts of others to their faith, and possibly expose an even greater need, the need of a Savior.
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