I remember as a small child when we would have these gatherings with
either family or friends. Invariably someone would come up and mention my
"cuteness" and ask, "What are you going to be when you grow up?"
Well, it started out being a cowboy or some super hero. Later it was
fireman, policeman, lawyer... As I grew older my dreams of the future
changed. When, at last, I was in college, I was asked, "What will you
major in?" Another question designed to find out what I would be when I
By then I had my heart set on becoming a preacher as my father before
me. So I studied and prepared for that life. I reached success in that
endeavor. I was preaching nearly full-time for much of my adult life.
Physical disability keeps me from plying my trade full-time any more, but I
still am called upon to preach here and there. I am content that I could
realize my dream and perhaps have a positive influence on someone's life.
My kids are now reaching their dreams and it thrills me to watch them
achieve their goals.
However, for many, there is a "thief," which goes around stealing our
dreams and robbing us of the necessary mental state to attain our goals.
Sometimes, the thief will come as a parent, a relative, a friend or a
co- worker, but the greatest thief is, so many times, just ourselves.
We find ourselves just about reaching the pinacle, and this "small"
voice inside says, "You'll never make it." "You can't possibly do this."
"Very few have ever done this successfully." And on and on the "small"
voice predicts some kind of failure. Failure, though, is exactly how
dreams are realized. It is one of the most important tools we have,
because it teaches us invaluable lessons. And, when we learn these lessons
well, we are poised and ready for success, which is probably just around
The message I always gave my children was, you are capable of doing
anything your heart desires. You are smart enough, good-looking enough,
strong enough, and worthy of reaching the stars. The human spirit is
indominable. Remember the saying, "If you can conceive it, and your the
heart can believe it, you can achieve it."
There are no "overnight" successes, but with perserverance, it will
come. Imagine yourself in the life you dream of living. Then in your
heart, believe it will happen for you, as it has for others. Then work,
work, work, work. You get the picture.
So, be true to your dream, and don't let anyone steal it from you --
especially yourself. You can do anything your heart desires, so
don't give up or give in. Let the dream in you live.