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Bags of Dreams

Bags of GoldAgain, [the kingdom of heaven] will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. Matthew 25:14-18

Have you read this parable? When the master returns, he generously rewards the two servants who doubled their bags of gold. But it wasn’t a happy ending for the one that buried his gold in the ground. To that servant the master said, “You have done evil! I’m taking your one bag of gold away! I’m going to give it to the guy with ten bags, because he multiplied his giftings.”

The very next thing Jesus talks about is the sheep and the goats. He talks about those who saw Him hungry and fed Him, or saw Him naked and gave Him clothes to wear. So to me, the parables of the bags of gold and the sheep and goats go hand in hand. We should invest the gold we have been given in order to feed Jesus and give Him clothes. The servants who invested the gold are the sheep and the one who buried his gold is the goat.

There’s a reason why we need to strive to make a quality investment with our life!

In order to do that, we have to dream really, really big. We have to dream, because there are kids out there who don’t get to dream. There are countries, whole social areas, where people don’t get to dream. No matter how much they want to dream, it will be impossible until someone – you, me, every Christian – helps them bring justice to their situation. Unless that happens, it will be impossible for them ever to accomplish their dreams.

I’ve had the ability to dream. And I’ve had the ability to accomplish my dreams. And I’m not done accomplishing my dreams. My dreams go so much further than being a professional athlete. You know what? They go so much further than being a World Series champ. My dream is to become a complete human being.

My dream is to know that when I die, people will say, “Man, that guy loved his neighbor as himself. He did what he could with what he had to bring other people’s dreams to fruition.” That’s my goal.

And I think it has to happen. I have my bags of gold, and I want to invest them and multiply them. I want to take what I’ve been given as a human being and put it to work so that I can become the greatest human being I can be. I can do that by knowing that when someone needed my help to accomplish their dreams, I was able to help them in that.

That is what a humanitarian does. That is what a human being does. That is my dream.

What is your dream?

See you Monday.

11 thoughts on “Bags of Dreams

  1. Great post😊 I’m going to most remember you not as a great pitcher but a wonderful God Fearring man who no matter how buy you were with work you always helped others and told everyone about God… Just wanted you to know! 😊⚾️🙏

  2. You leave me speechless. I have to recalibrate my dreams because i think they are too small after reading yours! Bless you and thank you for sharing your message!

  3. I do not have any realistic dreams any more as I am in the twilight of life but to serve God the best I can during that time. Hopefully I can do a better job of sharing what I having with others.

  4. Hey Jeremy!
    Thanks for another great blog post. It’s always so encouraging to read. My family and I are coming to spring training from the pallous. I’m really excited to see a couple of your games. My whole family are strong believers and it’s been great knowing that you’re a christian too. We love watching you guys play. See you at spring training!

  5. Hi Jeremy! My husband and I have had great success with Isagenix as a product but have hesitant to jump in the business. I own a daycare center and my husband is the Sheriff of our county. I have fully given my life and our situations snd future to Jesus and always wait for a comfrimation before going forward. The awesome lady (Tricia) who leads my Isagenix team just told me you were on our team…this is the first thing I read when looking you up! Lol that has to be a little nudge from God right?!? I love that you obviously love the Lord and are following His plan for your life…thank you for posting..

  6. I love your passion Jeremy! It was great to also experience your intense desire to love your neighbor as shown last night at the JC Conference. You get your purpose!

  7. I’m not a Christian, but I dearly love the teachings of Jesus, at least as they were penned hundreds of years after he died. Jesus embraced the concept of community fully in every sense of that word, including loving your neighbors. I believe everyone has the right to his or her own beliefs. I used to dismiss people who would begin to talk about Christianity, afraid they would start to shout. Some do. I have a gentle Christian friend who is a deacon in his church, and we were talking one day about dealing with difficult people. He said, “You know, Sue, my pastor says you’ve got to love and feed every one. You just have to feed some of them with a longer handled spoon.” Had I put up a wall against “Christians”, I’d have missed this wise nugget of wisdom that I often use when things are difficult. Thank you for your blog. (No idea how I found it.)

  8. Love this. My dream is to empower and ignite this generation to be the hope and light this world desperately needs. I refuse to live for anything less.

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