Faith, Work & Failure 2

imgresPhil Vischer in Me, Myself & Bob recounts a sermon he once heard: “If God gives you a dream, and the dream comes to life and God shows up in it, and then the dream dies, it may be that God wants to see what is more important to you — the dream or him.  And once he’s seen that, you may get your dream back.  Or you may not, and you may live the rest of your life without it.  But that will be okay, because you’ll have God.”  And “he who has God plus many things has nothing more than he who has God alone,” Phil says, this time quoting C.S. Lewis.

Now listen to Jared C. Wilson:

“You know, it’s possible that God’s plan for us is littleness. His plan for us may be personal failure. It’s possible that when another door closes, it’s not because he plans to open a window but because he plans to have the building fall down on you. The question we must ask ourselves is this: Will Christ be enough?”

Faith, Work & Failure 1

imgresIn the forward to Every Good Endeavor, Katherine Alsdorf says she wanted “a gospel that had good news even” for failures.  Yet, after reading that book, I didn’t come away with a good handle on how to view my own business failures from the perspective of the gospel.

It turns out, what I was looking for was the penultimate chapter of Me, Myself & Bob by Phil Vischer, the creator of VeggieTales.

Here’s a snippet:

[B]eware of dreams, for dreams make dangerous friends.  We all have them — longings for a better life, a healthy child, a happy marriage, rewarding work.  But dreams are, I have come to believe, misplaced longings.  False lovers.  Why?  Because God is enough.  Just God.  And he isn’t “enough” because he can make our dreams come true — no, you’ve got him confused with Santa or Merlin or Oprah.  The God who created the universe is enough for us — even without our dreams.  Without the better life, the healthy child, the happy marriage, the rewarding work.

One more:

If I am a Christian…where I am in five years is none of my business.  Where I am in twenty years is none of my business.  Where I am tomorrow is none of my business.  …   No “BHAGs,” no inspiring PowerPoint vision statements.  Just a group of people on their knees, trusting God for guidance each day.  Holding everything loosely but God himself.

Just one more:

I didn’t need to have any impact at all.  Whatever needs I had were being met by the Scripture I was reading and by the life of prayer I was developing.  My passion was shifting from impact to God.