The realm of you?


My friend, may I ask you a question? When you compare our lives, you might say that those more focused on how they are able to live their lives through others are more of a blessing than those dreamers whose boundaries are broader? But, is that necessarily true?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.


My paternal grandmother was what you might call a very practical person. Having raised and cared for her family of ten during the Great Depression, I guess I could hardly blame her for her rationing, practical ways. She had a way of looking at things point blank, injecting her personal brand of practical seasoning, and coming up with short-term, but pragmatic solutions to things. My grandfather, however, was a dreamer. He dreamed of inventing, building, and journeying to far places. In fact he applied for a patent for a game that I know he worked on for years involving a ball tied to a string that you spun around your feet and jumped over. Even though he never owned a patent, built anything bigger than a rickety pier around his little boat landing or journeyed farther than Washington State to visit relatives, I know he accomplished all he dreamed of doing within the confines of his imagination. My Grandpa had a great imagination. Where Grandma was guided by what she knew, Grandpa always seemed guided by what he wanted to find out or, even better yet, what might happen if only he did this or that with a little luck. In that sense, Grandma was guided by what she could sense, and Grandpa by what he could feel.

When you compare their two lives, my Grandma and Grandpa, you might say that she was more focused on what she could live for through her family and, perhaps, he was more focused on what might lie beyond those boundaries. But, is that necessarily true? Were they both doing the same things in different ways?

Here’s a story: Photographer Freeman Patterson remarks: “On those frosty mornings when I grab my camera and tripod, and head out into the meadow behind the house, I quickly forget about me. I stop thinking about what I’ll do with the photographs, or about self-fulfillment, and lose myself in the sheer magic of rainbows in the grass. Letting go of self is an essential precondition to real seeing. When you let go of yourself, you abandon any preoccupations about the subject matter which might cramp you into photographing in a certain predetermined way . . . When you let go, new conceptions arise from your direct experience of the subject matter, new ideas and feelings will guide you as you make pictures.” (Unknown)

Even though my Grandpa never realized his dreams, because others knew him and came to understand what motivated his dreams, his dreams lived on in the lives of his children, their children and even beyond. There are a few patent holders in our family now. A number of these have their own businesses. Some are doctors, lawyers and others CEOs. In that respect it’s always a mistake to think that OUR new ideas are purely ours. They belong to those with whom we share them as well, whether that be merely by association or perhaps more personally. Don’t ever regard God as working only within the realm of you however. God may take your dream, start it with you and finish it with someone else, even someone twice or thrice removed. When we allow ourselves to get lost in the possibilities of life, we can count on a God who has the roadmap to make those dreams come true. The realm of you can get pretty large over the course of several lifetimes. Just imagine.

We pray. Heavenly Father, you’ve given all the ability to dream, to imagine about what might be if only. Yet, sometimes we feel so guilty when we follow the path of a dream, since it seems too personal, so self-fulfilling. Forgive us Lord when we put too much effort into dreaming or too little. You want us to dream and do in balance. Thank you for dreaming and for doing. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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