Keep Dreaming and Helping Others to Dream
Nov 11, 1997 we took a little almost 3 yr old to the circus. There she fell in love with an elephant named Pete. By her 4th birthday Little Sammi Walker was dreaming of being a missionary elephant trainer to Africa. 4 1/2 years later she boarded a plane for her first missions trip to Mexico City. This spurred by the thoughts of her parents to help her reach this dream! "Let's see what this missions thing is all about!" we thought!
Little did anyone realize that this trip would re-awaken a dream inside of someone else's heart to actually make a difference in the world. The dreams of a little 4 year old would help to re-awaken the dreams long asleep deep inside the hearts of her parents!
You know the dream!! The one where you are a hero! Where you make a difference in the world! Those dreams are placed in our hearts as part of our destinies! We all have them when we are born! We are invincible and we can and will change things around us! We will be the one to make a difference!
Then somewhere along the way we get caught up in the day to day life and we stop dreaming in a sense. We stop envisioning our lives making much of a difference and those dreams go dormant. We listen to the lies of the world and sometimes people around us that say, "you can't make a difference"! But that's just it...we have to stop listening to these lies and realize that each and everyday we can make a difference in someone's life! On Wed, I went to the pool store..nothing big! Bought chemicals to put in the YWAM pool in orlando...but there on the corner stood a panhandler. The lady looked beat! Hot, skinny, sunburned, scrawny and yeah a little hungry. I was suddenly overcome with compassion for this lady, I have no money I thought. But you have bottles of water a little voice in the back of my mind said! Guess what I listened. I watched a car a couple cars in front of me give her a couple of bucks, she thanked him and dejectedly put the money in her pocket. When I pulled passed her I handed her the water with a quick apology of having to money. But there is was...the look of hope! The look in her eyes as she spied that bottle of water that looked as if I'd just given her a million dollars!
What was the difference! Holy Spirit knew what she needed and I listened. Bringing hope and helping people and ourselves keep dreaming through God's prompting is what missions is all about. That's what our family is working to do! Serving God as He sees fit! That looks different each day because each day is different, each of us is different and what each of us has is different. Rsch of out dreams is different. God can and will use all of us if and when we are obedient. I didn't do anything that any of us couldn't do.