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Do you remember being a little child and you had so many dreams about who or what you were going to be when you grew up? You would go and tell your mom or dad that you were going to be a doctor or a nurse and then another day you would say to them you were going to be a policeman. When your parents would ask you why you wanted to be these people, your answer was “I want to save people’s lives”.
How wonderful it was that when we were young, our imaginations would run wild and we truly believed we could do anything that our imaginations could think up. The funny thing is that life has a unusual way of changing our minds and the way we think. Whatever happened to that child like faith?
A friend of mine once told me that there are two types of people in this world, dream makers and dream killers.
Dream makers have an optimistic outlook on life no matter what the challenge of the dream. They always see the bright side and are determined to make it work.
Dream killers are those, that no matter what you say about your dream, they are pessimistic and they always see the negative side of your dream, but they never encourage you to fulfill your dream. Most of the time these individuals are negative because they have missed out on their own dreams.
So which one would you be?
We recently have had one of our missionaries from Africa in to minister at our church. He was sharing his dream in which the Lord had called him to minister to the people of Cameroon, Africa. He went onto say that he was a high school dropout and had no knowledge of the things of the Lord. He did not know how to dream. When he came to know the Lord, he was in his mid thirties, and he could not get enough of God. When he was in his fifties, he received his GED certificate. Since then he has finished four years of college and now that he is in his sixties he is receiving his Doctorate degree. He told us that he learned to dream big, no matter what the age. In order to fulfill the needs of the people of Cameroon, Africa he needed his Doctorate degree.
Earlier in their missionary works, he and his wife had felt called to go to Prague, Czechoslovakia. They left their homeland and traveled to Czechoslovakia. On the way traveling there, he became frustrated because he could not find his way into the city where they needed to be in. He pulled the car over, (loaded with all of their belongings) on the side of the road in frustration. He told his wife, I am done, this is a mistake. He hears the Lord say follow that Taxi cab. He begins to follow the Taxi cab and he looks down at the license plate and it reads, ACT 9-6-7. He tells his wife to look that scripture up in the bible and this is what it said.
So he trembled and astonished said, “Lord, what do you want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do”. And the men journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one.
The Taxi cab took them to the exact place that they were looking for. God knew his frustration and stepped in. I love how God works on our behalf!
It is ok to get frustrated about a dream that we have, we are only human. Just imagine if this missionary and his wife had given up back in Czechoslovakia, he would have never went on to get his Doctorate degree and begin opening up a school in Cameroon, Africa even their work in India would have had no meaning.
Everyone’s dreams are going to be different, and maybe God will not use a license plate to direct your path, but he will use people or things to get us in the right direction and dream big again in him.
Have that child like faith once more and dream big! Believe that you can do anything that you set your heart to be or do. Dreams do not happen overnight, so keep your faith alive in God, and move away from those who want to crush your dreams that God has given you.
All things are possible through those who dare to believe. Choose this day to be a dream maker and let the Lord enlighten your pathway
Melissa Pirtle ~ is a worship leader at Northwest Believers Church in Katy, Texas. Spontaneous worship is one of her favorite parts of worship. Melissa loves mentoring the younger generation on how to flow and hear by the spirit