Don’t let anyone steal your dream!

Joseph was a dreamer and an interpreter of dreams, as was Daniel. Children have dreams until they grow older and someone takes the time to tell them that those dreams cannot be accomplished. A child’s imagination is so wonderful that he can take a piece of cardboard and it becomes a mighty airplane soaring through the skies, a piece of wood becomes a truck traveling down the highway, a rag can be a doll in the hands of a little girl. I have heard the story of how my mother, who was the daughter of a very poor preacher, wrapped a rubber band around her big toe when she was only about five years old and called it her baby doll. During the night she woke her parents with her cries of pain. They went in to see what was wrong but didn’t see that it was her “doll” causing the problem because her little foot was under the covers. It wasn’t until they picked her up when her crying did not stop as they tried to comfort her that they saw her purple toe and released the “baby” by cutting the rubber band! Children believe you when you tell them something, which is why, for example, I told mine when asked if the shot would hurt, that yes it would, but I would be right there to hold their hand; when they asked if there was a real Santa I explained the truth to them (much to the chagrin of their little playmates mothers). A child is born with the faith and love and learns, from experience, that people lie, that people with a different color skin, or accent are to be hated. The disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who will rank highest in God’s Kingdom?” Matthew 18:2-5 For an answer Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said, “I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. What’s more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it’s the same as receiving me. A song from “South Pacific” says: You’ve Got To Be Taught to Hate And Fear, you’ve Got To Be Taught from Year To Year, it’s Got To Be Drummed in Your Dear Little Ear you’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught. You’ve Got To Be Taught To Be Afraid of People Whose Eyes Are Oddly Made, and People Whose Skin Is A Diff’rent Shade; you’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught. You’ve Got To Be Taught Before It’s Too Late, before You Are Six Or Seven Or Eight, to Hate All The People Your Relatives Hate; you’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught!  We have to be like children before they’ve known pain and come to God with an open heart and faith that is untarnished by doubt, fear or unbelief. When a person has a dream, a goal they want to accomplish, it takes faith in God knowing that “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me” Philippians 4:13 Do you want to be a person that encourages another person’s dream, or would you rather be like Joseph’s brothers and put them in a pit? If YOU have a dream sometimes the people you are around are too busy only thinking about themselves and their own agenda, to help you. So where does the cycle end? I was once the choir director and worship leader at a church, we had a fabulous choir that practiced every Thursday night. There was a man that played the bass guitar, he was about the best you have ever heard, but he was too busy, or too important, to come to our practices but there was a young man who aspired to be a great bass player and was always at the practices. We were working on a special song that was pretty difficult and this young guy worked to get it just right and did it really good. On Sunday morning when we were going to perform it I made a snap decision; our bass player was standing there with his bass hanging around his neck waiting when I walked to the pulpit and saw this young man sitting in the audience, I thought of all his hard work and the nights he had sacrificed to help us out and I called him forward to play this song with us in front of the whole congregation. His already light skin turned white and I thought he was going to faint! He went out the back door and I was wondering if I had scared him into leaving entirely when he walked up on the stage from the back. He played gloriously and it changed his life. That was a long time ago but recently I got a note from him thanking me for that day, he is now the worship leader at a church, is writing and performing music and has a band of his own. Hang on to your dreams, take them to the Father and ask Him for help. Become childlike. The disciples tried to make the children leave Jesus alone, but Jesus said: Matthew 19:14  “Let the children alone, don’t prevent them from coming to me. God’s kingdom is made up of people like these.” He can make your old piece of cardboard become a Jet airplane, a block of wood an eighteen-wheeler, or take the rags of your life and make you brand new person! Don’t give up your dreams!

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