“For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37
“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” – Teddy Roosevelt
As we embark upon the next 90 years of our Church’s history it’s time to dream again! It’s time to believe that our future can be bigger and better than our past. It’s time to believe as our first American Baptist missionary, Adoniram Judson, “Our future is as bright as the promises of God.”
Do you remember when you were a child and no dream seemed too big? Some of us dreamed we would fly into space, others imagined stepping to the plate in a big-league game. Every one of us, when we were young, had a common trait – we were dreamers. The world hadn’t gotten to us yet with the message that we couldn’t possibly achieve what our hearts longed for. As children we were still years away from realizing that in some cases we weren’t built for achieving our dream.
Eventually we started to let our dreams die. People began to tell us that we couldn’t do the things we wanted. “It’s impossible.” they’d say. “Responsible people don’t pursue dreams. Settle down, get a job, be dependable. Take care of business. Live a mundane life, be content.” Do you know what I say to that? Boloney! It is time to dream again!
Someday we may all look back through the history of our lives and think about what we wished we had done or accomplished. I for one don’t want to regret what could have been, or what should have been. So I am deciding to dream big and pursue those dreams.
The world needs people like you and me, ordinary people, to dream of something great and then pursue it with all our heart. Maybe you belong to a church, business, school or organization that started out with good intentions but has settled into the same ol’ same ol’. Shake them up and remind them of how they could really help people and make a difference if only they would dream! All of the great accomplishments that have ever happened began with a person who had a dream. Somebody rebuffed the naysayers and said to himself or herself, “This can be done, and I am the one who will do it.”