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Willing to dream...
Written By Willie Jolley
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us..." -Ephesians 3:20
Michael Jordan was asked what was the secret to his success. He was cut from the basketball team in high school for not being good enough. But he went home and dreamed about doing impossible things with a basketball because he wanted to prove to the coach that the coach had made a mistake. Once he saw it in his mind, he tried it out on the court, and he did it.
Duke Ellington was asked how he created such incredible music. He said, "I dreamed a lot."
Walt Disney also some setbacks and negative situations - he went bankrupt, he had a nervous breakdown. But when asked what was the secret to him creating Disneyland, he said, "I believe in the power of dreams."
Mohammed Ali was asked how he revolutionized the boxing industry so people would flock to see him fight. He said, "I had a dream. I created a personality that people either loved or they hated. Those who loved me came to see me win. Those who hated me came to see me lose. In the meantime, every seat was taken."
T.E. Lawrence, who we know today as Lawrence of Arabia, once said, "All men dream, but not equally. Those that dream at night in the dusty recesses of their minds, awaken to find that it was just vanity, a whiff of smoke. But those that dream by day are the dangerous ones for they dream with their eyes open, and they make their dreams come true."
We, too, must be willing to dream.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I know there are things you want to accomplish in this world through me. Help me to dream your dreams and have the faith and courage to see your dreams come true. Amen.
Devotion: Do you know of any other success stories that inspire you? What is your greatest success story so far?
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"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us..."