Wisdom and encouragement to feed your Dreams, Installment #1
It’s fitting that we launch A Diet for Dreamers on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Dr. King had a great dream that one day all people would live together in harmony, equal, and with equal rights; that all people would “one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Have we arrived yet? Not really. We’ve made great strides along the course set by Dr. King, but when it comes to racial harmony there’s still a great deal of tension, mistrust, and even civil unrest. But today, as we honor the man who showed us the way, we can do nothing greater, nothing nobler, than also to honor the dream of this great visionary; we must stay true to the course Dr. King set before us, a narrow path of peaceful coexistence and honest communication, of understanding and trust.
Like Dr. King, we all have hopes and dreams: visions, goals, things we want to accomplish. For many of us, the dream looms before us like an imposing mountain peak, its summit shrouded in a mist of past failures and self-doubt. We often think we will never get there. We get overwhelmed, perhaps even paralyzed by fear and doubt. Sometimes we just give up. We allow the dream inside us to die. Why?
Most dreams, the really big ones, the ones worth fighting to keep alive, are too big to accomplish by ourselves, in our own strength and through our own efforts. Relying solely on our own abilities may never get us to where we want to be. To get to the top we need hope, perseverance, and Faith in something greater than ourselves. For believers, it’s important to remember these truths:
“I can do ALL things through Christ, who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13 NKJV) Because “…with God ALL things are possible!” (Matthew 19:26 NKJV)
Say it! Believe it! Act on it! And dream again!
Today’s quote for those who dream great things: “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” — Vincent Van Gogh, 1853-1890 (That’s right, the world famous painter!)
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