The catalyst the Lord used was this insightful line from C.S. Lewis:
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
Why do we insist on accepting any other idea as true when God’s people for thousands of years have stepped out by faith and went about dreaming the impossible and pulling the dream from the realm of dreams into solid accomplishment on Terre Firma.
Every quote I am using in today’s piece is based solidly on Bible backed truth.
One of the heroes of my early childhood and now my dotage is General Douglas MacArthur who stated what I’m trying to say in his grand fashion:
“Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul. You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope as old as your despair. In the central place of every heart there is a recording chamber. So long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer and courage, so long are you young. When your heart is covered with the snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then, and then only, are you grown old. And then, indeed as the ballad says, you just fade away” Douglas MacArthur
I know more than enough young men, preachers, who have in the prime of life grown very old as they suffer the pain of a mind and heart freezing in the ice of cynicism and thus have lost the faith to dream. The motif of the General was one that encompassed his dreams. I still, after all these years when faced with impossibilities, revisit the story of the General leading his troops to one of the greatest military feats in history. If you haven’t read about the nighttime amphibious landing at Inchon, Korea, when the General was 70 years of age, then get online and realize this old soldier’s heart was beating like it was 25.
Just this morning (6-3-14) I read George Worthy’s blog, Worthy Brief, and chuckled as he told of a cartoon about two men, one of whom was a dreamer and the other “normal.” The two men were portrayed as ice fishing. One had a regular size hole cut in the ice. The other had cut a gigantic hole in the shape of a large whale! The idea was simple. Dream Big, because the bigger your dream, the higher will be the quality of your enthusiasm and the more intense your commitment to the goal.
When my departure time arrives, I pray that I can join with Paul in his famous close in the letter to Timothy:
2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
Edgar Guest wrote a poem about the benefit of remaining young at heart and courageously marching toward the prize
by Edgar A. Guest
“When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
when the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
when the funds are low and the debts are high,
and you want to smile but you have to sigh,
when care is pressing you down a bit - rest if you must,
but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns.
As everyone of us sometimes learns.
And many a fellow turns about when he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow - you may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than it seems to a faint and faltering man;
often the struggler has given up when he might have captured the victor's cup;
and he learned too late when the night came down,
how close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out - the silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
and when you never can tell how close you are,
it may be near when it seems afar;
so stick to the fight when you're hardest hit - it's when things seem worst,
you must not quit.”
Copyright © 2014 Larry Lilly
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