Did you ever play with K’NEX as a kid? If you haven’t, they are really fun building sets. They come with lots of pieces and parts for kids to build really great things ranging from cars to rollercoasters. As a kid, I always enjoyed building things with them. K’NEX are a blast to put together, but they can also teach us some things about the dreams that God has placed in your heart.
- Point #1 – It takes time to build a dream
The frustrating thing about dreams is that they don’t happen overnight. Wouldn’t it be awesome if you had a dream to be a professional athlete and you woke up the next day with a contract to play for a great team? Or maybe you have a dream to get married some day and just wish that Mr. or Mrs. Right would just show up. The frustrating thing about dreams is that they don’t come to pass in a day or even a week. They often take time to build.
Genesis 15:5 Then the LORD took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!” (NLT)
God gave Abraham a dream, but it was years and years later that this dream actually came to pass in his life. The important thing to do when you have a dream is to not get discouraged if it takes longer than you think to come to pass.
The guys who developed K’NEX spent over two years tweaking the design for the product. He didn’t launch a successful brand overnight. He took his time to get it right. The development of K’NEX show us that it takes time to build a dream.
- Point #2 – Your dream might not always look like you think.
Often our dreams don’t always look like we think they should. We see a picture in our head of what our dream is supposed to look like. But sometimes when it plays out, the picture doesn’t look like what is sitting in front of us. It’s up to us to take the pieces of our dream, like you would the pieces of the K’NEX set and begin to build them into something.
Psalm 37:23 – The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. (NLT)
The Lord directs each step or piece of your life. As you follow the steps He lays out in front you, you’ll see your dreams are able to come to pass in your life.
- Point #3 – You build dreams by following the directions
A K’NEX set comes with directions. But it’s up to you to follow those. You can try to build the set on your own, but you might miss a piece. That’s why its great to follow those instructions. In the same way, God set up instructions in His word for us to follow. When we follow those instructions, we begin to build dreams in our lives.
Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path (NLT)
Choose today to let God help you build your dreams. And while those dreams might take longer than you would like, you can rest, knowing that God is going to take care of you when you build those dreams according to His directions.
If you’re a youth leader and you liked this devotion, there’s a great youth leader lesson and powerpoint available to download.