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We Start from Dreams

“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

(Matthew 17:20 NKJV)

Here we are ready to empty our suitcases and resume the daily routine of work and various commitments. Yes, because as of tomorrow, for most of us, the chapter on holidays or vacations will come to an end. I am sure that these days have given rise to illusions and disillusionment, given birth and death to projects, nourished the thirst for change and distributed bitter goblets. However, I would like to dedicate this devotional to a particular August 28th. It was Wednesday of 1963 when Martin Luther King, at the conclusion of a civil rights march in Washington, in front of the Lincoln Memorial and three hundred thousand people gave his famous speech "I have a dream". That day the march was peaceful and a few hours later King was in the oval room greeted by President J. Kennedy. From those 17 minutes (it lasted so long) the fight against racism and racial segregation has never been the same, finding new strength and roots, because dreams are contagious. Four years later, on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, the dreamer was killed but not the dream. Unfortunately in our day we are finding ourselves with tragic frequency talking about racism again.


We love to dream, especially planning and making plans for the future. Dreams accompany us from an early age and never leave us; sometimes they end up in a forgotten drawer, other times they are pulled out with renewed passion, other times it is the "wind" that takes them who knows where. As long as we have a goal to reach, we will continue to dream. Walt Disney used to say that: “The difference between a dream and a goal is only the date”. The Bible supports those who have a dream that comes from God. The question is how to discern it. Abraham and the promise of a country, Joseph and the dominion over his brothers, David and the kingdom of Israel, Paul and the ends of the earth are just a few examples of people who have received a vision and have chased it throughout their lives. The dream needs action, to be declared and lived. Whoever has a vision or a dream must abandon the sweet to do nothing and begin to work, as did Nehemiah, when the fearless decided that the walls of Jerusalem should be rebuilt. Every dream deserves to be chased, even if far away in time, and cannot be satisfied by third parties, as parents usually tend with children.


The dream is basically mostly a desire for something not always necessary and therefore easily put away in the drawer. Sometimes, however, it expresses the lack of something we cannot do without, and I am not referring to the daily needs of that something that takes away sleep, that makes you spasmodically agitated because you realize that you are not where you want and you are not doing. what you should. It is almost an emergency, like the fire that burned in Jeremiah's bones for her people. What dreams are animating you today? What would you like to dedicate the rest of your days to? Let us be careful not to rack ourselves up in our armchair with selfishness and pharisaic indifference. Jesus commanded, "Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." (Matthew 6:33). What we tend to put in the tail of our ambitions, the Bible puts in mind, in front of everything that counts for nothing in the eyes of God. Probably those who feed on dreams while living in need have not yet understood or discovered that without God they will live in dissatisfaction.


Those who have seen their dreams come true understood that the principle of wisdom is the fear of the Lord, and that those who trust in Him will never be disappointed, because God has not changed, He continues to respond to every need of those who believe in Him. Perhaps we should ask ourselves what priorities we have placed in our existence, how we are chasing dreams. Joshua and Caleb, spies in Canaan, were animated by their faith: “We can do it”, because they knew that the battle belongs to the Lord. Every time we remove the "impossible" label from a task, we take our potential from the norm to above the norm. Not because we are capable but because God adds to our capabilities. Writer John Andrew Holmes wrote: “Never tell a young person that a certain thing cannot be done. It may be that for centuries God has been waiting for someone quite unaware of the impossible to do it". And I don't want to do it! Jesus said that a grain of faith is enough to see the impossible materialize. So wherever you leave, take your dream with you!


 

Bible Weekly Reading

Plan # 36

August 29, Psalms 126-128; 1 Corinthians 10:19-33

August 30, Psalms 129-131; 1 Corinthians 11:1-16

August 31, Psalms 132-134; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34

September 01, Psalms 135-136; 1 Corinthians 12

September 02, Psalms 137-139; 1 Corinthians 13

September 03, Psalms 140-142; 1 Corinthians 14:1-20

September 04, Psalm143-145; 1 Corinthians 14:21-40



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