Do You Have A Dream?

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom, and Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have A Dream” speech. Rev. King had a dream of true equality for all people and believed some day that equality could become a reality. His speech he gave that day is oft quoted and has inspired generations.

As I was reading some of the background of the march and speech it caught my attention that the original speech didn’t contain the most well-known section of the now famous address. It is said that singer Mahalia Jackson called out to him, “Tell them about the dream, Martin.” Whether it was her prompting or something within himself, Rev. King departed from his written text and began to speak from his heart…or preach from his soul about the dream of equality for all people. It is this passionate proclamation that helped further the civil rights movement and bring change to our country.

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Perhaps it’s  a dream for yourself or your family. It may be a dream to see change come to the lives of those you love, or eliminate hunger and need in you community. Or perchance it’s a very personal dream to bring healing to your heart and life.

Whatever your dream, it matters.

It is so easy to become discouraged and believe that you are only one person. You aren’t famous and you don’t have a lot of influence. Neither did Martin Luther King, Jr when he led his first civil rights boycott. He was a man with a dream who wasn’t afraid to believe in it fully, giving his all (and eventually his life) to make a difference to those in need.

He may have needed some encouragement from those around him to share his dream and allow others to grab hold of it as well.

Maybe you do too.

I am inspired by Rev. King and his obedience to his call. I imagine he had no idea he would become one of the great orators of American history or that he would make a difference in so many lives. He had a dream, put in his heart by God and did what he was called to do. He allowed God to take care of the rest.

I pray today that you will be inspired by the faith and obedience of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Allow God to develop the dream He has put in your heart and don’t be afraid to share it with others. You never know who needs to be inspired by you today.

blessings and peace to you.
Paula

 

 

 

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Reprogramming…

A week ago our side-by-side refrigerator/freezer died. Since we will likely be moving in the next few months it didn’t make sense right now to purchase another so we’re using an old fridge from our garage and purchased a small chest freezer for overflow.

The non-working fridge is still in our kitchen. It took several days before I stopped opening the doors to get something out or put something away, still conditioned to reach for that spot in the kitchen. Finally it seemed I was conditioned to walk out to the breezeway for refrigerated goods. I was finally re-programmed to a different path.

Or was I???

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This morning as I reached for cream for my coffee I saw the doors propped open slightly on the non-working fridge and thought, “Oh NO! Someone didn’t close the refrigerator door tight.” In that split second I had images of spoiled food and no cream for my coffee (not a happy thought!). Then just as soon as that thought came out it was replaced with, “Duh…the fridge is on the breezeway now!” I fetched my cream and sipped my morning beverage, still somewhat dumbfounded that I’m not yet reprogrammed on such a simple thing.

What about on more important issues?

From childhood each of us is programmed to look at the world and the people in it a certain way. Some of us were raised with prejudices and our minds programmed to expect not that every cloud has a silver lining but that every cloud means rain. This mindset often makes us quick to judge without knowing all the facts or details of a situation. Our environment doesn’t help either with tabloids looking to create drama from every situation, sensationalizing the details and usually seeking negative even when it doesn’t exist.

The bible has very specific directions towards how we are to address every situation we encounter and people whom we meet:

Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.        Philippians 4:8

It’s not too late to reprogram the way we look at the world around us and the people in it. If we concentrate on the positive and sift every negative thought for truth we will begin to expect different outcomes.

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Allowing the Holy Spirit to show us through the eyes of Jesus what is deeper than the surface of a situation will also change our perspective to see the truth and perhaps how we can be part of a solution instead of rushing to quick judgement.

Now, before you tell me you’re too old and set in your ways to be reprogrammed, or that it’s just fighting a losing battle please consider this:

If we, as children of God go the way of the world instead of the way of Jesus, how will the world come to know Him? 

When we choose to stay set in our ways, rush to judgement on others and continually see the negative instead of a glimmer of good we cannot make a difference in this world. We begin to blend into the darkness and the light of Jesus is snuffed out.

I’m feeling a little convicted this morning…and all from a refrigerator!

Blessings and peace to you as you consider how God is speaking to you.
Paula