Wisdom and encouragement to feed your Dreams, Installment #2
Ever have a school teacher scold you for having your “head in the clouds”? Sure, daydreaming while you should be paying attention is counterproductive, but on the other hand, we all need dreams to be healthy and happy. Having a dream, a goal to accomplish, a project to complete, adds to our sense of purpose and self-worth — which in turn helps to give us hope. And we NEED hope! Without hope we lose spirit and eventually stop truly living. We lose our enthusiasm for life, and we find ourselves just going through the motions of everyday existence, shuffling along mindlessly like one of those zombies in Night of the Living Dead: no heart, no soul.
Forget milk. Got enthusiasm? Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, founder of the inspirational magazine Guideposts, wrote several volumes on the subject, but he managed to sum up the main idea in a single book title: Enthusiasm Makes the Difference!
Interestingly, the word enthusiasm means “full of God,” which shouldn’t be too surprising because, after all, it’s God who created each of us and then filled us with life. So take heart when things go wrong, because God loves you, and He cares about you!
Yes, you say, but does God care about my hopes and dreams? Listen: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.'” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)
So trust God, and dream again!
Today’s quote for those who dream great things:
“It’s faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living.” — Oliver Wendall Holmes, Sr., Physician, author and lecturer, 1809-1894
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