January 19th was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The holiday is in honor of Dr. King, a Baptist preacher who was a prominent leader in the American civil rights movement. His dream was for a future where blacks and whites, among others, would coexist harmoniously as equals. In 1964, at age 35, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other non-violent means. He was assassinated in 1968, before he saw his dream become reality.
On January the 20th, America ushered in a new president, Barack Obama. He is the very first African-American to hold this office. I can only image what Dr. King would be thinking, if he were alive today.
This past weekend, Carson was sharing with me his dream for his future. He wants to be a veterinarian and live on a farm. He wants to have an office on the property to take care of the animals. He wants to raise guinea pigs and pygmy goats. He wants a lake on his property where he can fish. He has it all planned out in his mind. He has a dream.
It made me feel so good inside to hear Carson sharing with me his desires for his future, I want Carson to enjoy life. I assured him that I thought it was a wonderful plan and could Daddy and I come and live with him on his farm and take care of his pygmy goats. He said, “Sure, if we want to.” He’s a good little boy.
David tells us in Psalms 37:3,4, Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.
God wants us to have the desires of our heart. He has a plan for us, and it’s a good one.
Jeremiah:11:29, says: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Ultimately … regardless of what goes on in the here and now, we have hope and a future – eternity with God, through our acceptance of his son, Jesus Christ, as our Lord and Savior. That is our ultimate goal … our dream for eternity. As Paul explains:
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
What’s behind might not have been so good, but what’s ahead … well, that is a dream worth pressing on for!
Father, thank you for your love. You do desire for us to enjoy our lives. To have dreams and hope for what’s to come. Thank you that we have a future, for eternity with you. You are so very good to us.
I Love You Jesus.
In Your Name I Pray,
God Bless You!
The Choices You Make Today …
Will Affect Your Tomorrow!