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Summary: Check out this message inspired by the greatest luchador of all-time, Nacho Libre! Learn how to fulfill your dreams!

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Stretchy Yourself

Living the Dream

02/03/07

I. Introduction

Humble monk Ignacio has always dreamed of being a lucha libre wrestler, but having grown up as an orphan in a Mexican orphanage, he never got the chance. Now an adult, he’s a bad cook at that same orphanage and blames the poor quality of the food on the lack of fresh ingredients.

After a wiry and nimble thief, Esqueleto, steals his bag of chips, Nacho comes up with an idea. If the two team up and enter a wrestling match, they might be able to win enough money to buy good food for the kids as well as satisfy Nacho’s lifelong obsession with the sport. So he’s now a man of God by day and a masked luchador by night.

The thing about Nacho is that he’s chasing after his dream. He goes after the thing he wants the most with unbridled passion. Sure, he faces a lot of challenges along the way, but plenty of strength and nutrients, he’s sure to overcome whatever comes his way…even Ramses.

II. The Dream

I believe each one of us has a dream placed in our hearts. I am talking about a vision deep down inside. The thing we were born to do, that draws from our gifts and talents, appeals to our highest ideals, sparks the feeling of destiny in our life and is inseparably linked to our purpose in life, the dream that links us to the success of our journey between the lines of a time to be born and a time to die.

If we’re just content to be satisfied with our lives and the place we’re at right now, we’ll never move, we’ll never grow, we’ll never dream. We’ll stay where we are.

The other day I was sitting at my desk and a fly was buzzing around me and my computer. I was getting completely annoyed and grabbed a magazine to end this chaos (in love, of course). But this guy was good. He would never stay in one spot long enough for me to send him to hell. One key that determines his life span is how long he is willing to sit in one place. The more content, the less he moves, the easier the elimination process. Splat.

But he wasn’t content, he wouldn’t stay in one place long enough, and there’s something we can learn from this fly. Not that we’re supposed to move from church to church or from city to city, but that we keep moving forward in life, that not only do we dream about a greater state, but that we move towards that state of being.

2 Corinthians 3:18 KJV 18But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

That’s how we were meant to live, from glory to glory, always getting better, always going forward.

ACTIVITY: I want each of you to take just a second and introduce yourself to one of your neighbors as if it were ten years from now. Tell them all about who you are and what you do.

III. How BIG is Your Dream?

Amos 7:14-15 NIV 14 Amos answered Amaziah, "I was neither a prophet nor a prophet’s son, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees. 15 But the LORD took me from tending the flock and said to me, ’Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’

Amos was a shepherd and a fig tree farmer, just an ordinary guy doing an ordinary thing, but God had other plans. God told Amos to do something big, to be a prophet.

What about you? Are you just an ordinary person doing an ordinary thing? Content to go to school day in and day out and do your thing? What is the dream for your life?

PLAY NACHO LIBRE CLIP HERE

Jeremiah 29:11 God’s plan

Proverbs 16:9 9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.

Two men went fishing. One man was an experienced fisherman; the other wasn’t. Every time the experienced fisherman caught a big fish, he put it in his ice chest to keep it fresh. Whenever the inexperienced fisherman caught a big fish, he threw it back.

The experienced fisherman watched this go on all day and finally got tired of seeing this man waste good fish. “Why do you keep throwing back all the big fish you catch?” he asked.

The inexperienced fisherman said, “I only have a small frying pan.”

When you catch the dream that God has for you, do you keep it or throw it back? Do you say, “I’m not big enough for this dream, I only have so many abilities and talents.”?

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