Have You Ever Had a Dream?

2017 RightNow Conference Chicago


All of us dream for something—maybe it's a healthy family or a successful company. But what if our dreams never come true? Or worse, what if they come to fruition only to fail? In this 30-minute session, Phil Vischer,  writer and creator of Veggie Tales and What's in the Bible?, explains the rise and fall of his dream and what God taught him in the process. 

Phil Vischer is a writer, speaker, filmmaker and Founder of Big Idea Productions, Jellyfish Labs, and the co-creator and storyteller behind the popular series Veggie Tales and What's in the Bible? He is the author of 47 Beavers on the Big Blue Sea, Sidney and Norman, and Me, Myself and Bob.  



Phil defined our dreams as the things we aspire to achieve, our biggest hopes, or what we want to do for God.  He told the story of how he dreamt of becoming the next Walt Disney. What began with a few ambitious animators turned into a production studio that employed over 200 people. 

Phil's wildest dream came true—he had a successful, growing production company that earned international buzz. But after a while, he lost profits and eventually went bankrupt. How would you feel if you saw your dream to fruition, only to see it fail years later?
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What are some of your dreams for your family, work, or future?
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What fears do you have about your dreams? How would you be affected if your dreams never came true?
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Phil had to wrestle with the question, "What is more important to you, your dream or God?" How would you answer this question? Would you say your dreams have become idols? Why or why not?
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What does it mean to give your dreams to God? What does that look like on a practical level?
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Phil quoted C.S. Lewis, who said, “He who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God only.” What resonates with you from this quote? How might adopting this perspective change how someone views dreams?
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Phil began his talk with a quote from his childhood that said God can't direct a parked car. By the end of his message, he proved that statement to be false. Following God is often about waiting on Him so we can hear and obey Him. What does it mean to wait on God? What would it look like to wait on God for your dreams?
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Phil said that true impact happens when we pursue God alone. How could you pursue God in your work, family, and everyday life this week?
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Following God doesn't mean you earn a one-way ticket to success. Sometimes He allows us to fail so we can rely on Him and surrender our idols. While our aspirations are often good, we can't hold onto them with a tight fist. Instead, we should open our hands and allow God to work in us and through us.  


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