I know that MLK should have a copyright on that phrase, and I'm not trying to violate it, but I too have a dream.
It's been a dream in the making for several years now, and now that I feel like it's getting closer to becoming a reality, I'm ready to talk about it.
I have a dream of a small community where families are committed to growing together. Their children grow up together, and they all attend each others sporting events, go to each other's graduations, weddings, and then wait in the waiting rooms to find out if it's a boy or a girl.
These families camp together, vacation together. They're the kind of people you don't hesitate to call late at night when you have a problem, and they are the kind of people that don't hesitate to pick up the phone when you call.
I have a dream that these families might risk together, try to move into neighborhoods close to each other and share God's goodness with their extended community. And while these families believe in having a lot of people they're friendly with, they commit to deep and mutually life-giving friendships with this small community. They don't float from one group to another, skimming the surface, never going deep or living authentically. They know that Christ followers who crave accountability to living a with-God life could never settle for that.
They understand that real friends plan, schedule and arrange for community, and that real friends...real community is not an after thought. It's not a "I don't have anything better to do", or "my original plans fell through, so I called you" kind of a relationship.
This small community will grow old together, sit on rocking chairs on the front porch together, after having served together during the "best years" of their life together, they're committed to spend the rest of their life together. They will reminisce about the "good 'ole days", about what God did through us, and will encourage and mentor the next generation to continue to reinvent the Church.
...I'm taking applications.