[Column] 33+1 Years of Life

I have a friend named Eui-Sung Chae, the president and CEO of the Daeeui group in Korea. He is a devout elder at his church and recently published a book entitled, “Heavenly Administration” whose signed copy I received as a present from him. The book was truly inspiring because it was a reminder of how important the life of dreaming is. Mr. Chae harbored three dreams when he was young: becoming a professor after earning a doctorate degree, becoming a founder of a large corporation, and building over 100 churches. He has already realized two of these dreams and currently is in the process of realizing the third one; he has already planted 68 churches. In the book, he points out that excellent business administration consists of clear dreams, definite goals, and winning people’s hearts. Further he devised a master plan for the “administration” of his life called “33+1 years of life” in which he divided 100 years of his life into the denomination of 33 years and a remainder of 1 year and planned his life.

He refers to the first 33 years of his life as the spring. During these years, he received rigorous training at churches, schools, and corporations and lived an enduring life of patiently sowing seeds. The second 33years of his life, known as the summer, was characterized by dreams and visions. He became an elder at 36, was promoted to president at Daewoo America in his early 40s, and earned his doctorate in his mid 40s, and traveled all over the world to build churches. He dedicated all of his energy to realize his visions and dreams. The next phase, the autumn, is the life of service to God as He intended. For the next 33 years, he strives to fulfill his evangelical ministry by planting 32 more churches to complete his goal of building 100 churches. The winter of his life is short but that is all right. He wants to spend the final one year of his life for himself and his wife and return to the country of his own, Heaven, to hear from God, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Mr. Chae achieved success because he had dreams and continually harbored them. Life and people without dreams perish. On the contrary, people with dreams become full of life and prosperous. God called Abraham to put him to the trial so he can learn to dream in faith: “The LORD said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever.”(Genesis 13:14-15). God does not give freely. He gives when we seek through prayers and visions founded on faith. Visions and dreams are the language of the Holy Spirit. Those who succeed in life are those who in faith can create their life plans. Our lives unravel exactly as we envision them. Crying out “Lord, Lord” will not have our prayers answered if we lack clear goals and dreams. Only when we have a clear blueprint in our hearts and pray, the signs from God will appear.

Genesis 13:14 reveals the condition for God-given visions and dreams: “After Lot had parted him” (Genesis 13:14). As Abraham parted with Lot, we must part with the habits and values of the sinful world; we must associate with the people of faith; we must stay close to those with callings. Our hearts are inflamed with God-given visions when we are with the people of dreams. How is your life plan coming along? No one is born into this world without purposes and callings. We are called to live the rest of our lives serving God’s Kingdom and His callings. God will give us the land we are beholding. Let us dream and behold. May all of you become the people of Divine visions and dreams.

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