Your dream may seem crazy, but it’s yours. Believe in it.
You may have dreams of tens of millions, or you may have dreams of ten. No matter what your dream is, believe in it. If you don’t believe, no one else will. My dad is still dreaming of houses and hotels, more wings to the hospital. He never stops dreaming!
It’s crazy how some of his dreams happen. I remember first hearing about the hospital he was hoping to build in Nigeria. He said it would cost over 200 million naira (that’s over half a million dollars). We didn’t have the money. But he kept on dreaming. He brought the entire team of missionaries and showed them the land where the hospital would be built. One of the missionaries actually took a piece of dirt from that land in a small bag (still not sure if that’s legal), brought it back to America, and prayed over it every day.
Eighteen months later, after two nominations for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award, a wildly successful charity event, and a few generous donors, the hospital was built. What was once dirt now brings life.
Believe in your dream.
When we were working on building the Austin Harvest food mart on the West Side, we needed to raise half a million dollars. For whatever reason, I believed. Two weeks and seventeen people later, the money was raised.
- Miracles happen when you believe.
There’s a story in the Bible of a boy who was demon possessed. Since his childhood this boy hadn’t been right. Until he met Jesus. After a bit of conversation, and the inability of the disciples to help the boy, Jesus met the boy’s dad with a question.
“And He asked [the boy’s] father, ‘How long has this been happening to him?’ And he said, ‘From childhood. It has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water to kill him. But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!’” The father had heard about Jesus. He knew about His miracles, knew about His power, but there was still a little doubt. Jesus called Him out on it: “‘If You can?’ All things are possible for the one who believes.”1 I love how direct Jesus’ statement is. There’s no doubt, no confusion in his words and tone.
- All things are possible to him who believes.
The story could end there, but it doesn’t.
Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, ‘I do believe; help my unbelief!’2
I believe this story is an example for us. An example for those who semi-believe, who almost believe. Lord, I do believe, but help my unbelief. A simple yet powerful prayer. Jesus would go on to heal the boy, but I believe the father was also changed forever. Miracles will do that to you. So will believing.
Believe in your dream.
1.Mark 9:21–23, emphasis added.
Excerpted with permission from Change Starts with You by Sam Acho, copyright Sam Acho.
* * *
What is your dream? Do you believe it? All things are possible for us who believe in Jesus! He can do anything! Believe it! ~ Devotionals Daily