Pastor Norma's Journal of Wisdom

Hopes and Dreams

My hopes and dreams for you…

I hope that you will trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5–6)

I would hope that you would find your fulfillment in life in things that will last for eternity. I hope that you pursue true riches and not just earthly riches. By true riches I mean those things that endure… relationships with the Lord, with family, with friends.

I hope that you live in such a way that you can look anyone in the eye and not be ashamed, including the Lord and yourself. I hope that you will walk in truth and integrity. That you will respect all people, despite race, color, or creed. That you will not be critical or judgmental of others until you have “walked a mile in their shoes.”

I pray that you will learn to forgive freely… unforgiveness will cause bitterness to take root in your soul and defile you and others.

I pray that you will walk in truth and honesty and integrity… without hypocrisy; that is pretending to be something you never intend to be.

And that each day you will look for those things to be thankful for, and not let the negatives, injustices, difficulties, trials or temptations drag you down.

Keep your eyes on Jesus. Remember He is the Author and the Finisher of your faith.

Hold fast to dreams, for dreams die, life is like a bird that cannot fly.

— Langston Hughes

Dream big.

And then set goals to help you achieve that dream.

Go for the impossible. Don’t wait to pursue the dream. Begin NOW… even if you have to take very small steps to begin with. You don’t climb a mountain in a day! And you must make preparations for the journey. You may face some setbacks, and you may make some mistakes; you may stumble and fall, but don’t stay down. Get up, dust yourself off, and start all over again.

Don’t look back at what might have been; keep the dream alive and keep pressing on.

Take one step at a time.

A journey begins with one step.

If there were dreams to sell, what would you buy?

— Thomas Lovell Beddoes

Explore the world, expand your horizons…

The world begins at your doorstep, but there is not limitation to how far it reaches. I never thought I would travel to the remotest parts of the world, but I always wanted to. Then at 63 I went to China and Australia via Hong Kong and Singapore. Then at 65 I went to Romania. Both of these adventures greatly “enlarged the borders of my tent”. I certainly did expand my horizons.

I met so many wonderful people; experienced cultural differences; and truly “tasted” life from an entirely different perspective… food; money exchange rates, conveniences, inconveniences, mode of travel and language barriers, etc. Take every opportunity to explore God’s wonderful creation and the diversity of His people, the world, and other cultures.

Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.

— Jonathan Swift

Dreams and reality…

Sometimes we can live in a dream world and neglect the “now”. We wait until… “I get enough money… I get a better job… I meet the right person…”

Living in the now helps me face the challenges that may hinder my pursuit of my dream.

There must be a balance. We can waste our days by spending them just dreaming and not taking those small opportunities that come with each day to help us on our way.

Now is this day. I will never live this day again with the opportunities afforded me “this day”. Each day brings with it challenges and issues that stretch me and help me grow. And growth helps me on my way in fulfilling my dreams.

Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.

— Theodore Roosevelt