Dare to Dream… Dare to live life abundantly

imageOne of my favorite movies is “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” A theme of that film is how life is about perspective. Everything that Wonka thought of, he tried. Even if it the results were not what he enjoyed, he tried. He moved forward. He didn’t sit and wish. “We are the music makers. And we are the dreamers of the dreams” was his response to a naysayer. What do we say to the naysayers? What do we say to ourselves? We are our biggest stumbling block to our own success.

Proverbs 18:21 reminds us that our tongue can bring forth life and cause death. And Luke 6:45 says that we speak what’s in our heart. Allstate’s tag line “What’s in your wallet?” brings a new tag line to mind – what’s in your heart? Whatever is there sets the stage for your life. If there’s fear, sadness, or any other negative thought, then you will reap the harvest of those seeds. But if you believe that you are an overcomer and not overwhelmed; a conqueror and not conquered; and prosperous and a procrastinator then the abundant life is within reach. It’s about your prospective. It’s about your thought life. Think good thoughts. Focus on the truth. Gods truth and his alone (Phil. 4:8). Dare to live out the word of God and be a dreamer (Gen. 37:19).

Lord, thank you for my life and what you have for me. I receive it and I’m well able to to succeed and walk in my destiny. I place all fear and doubt at Your feet, and bless myself to accept the abundant life.
Scripture Reading:
– Prov. 18:21 (NLT) – The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.
– Luke 6:45 (NLT) – A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.
– Phil. 4:8 (NLT) – And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
– Gen. 37:19 (NLT) – “Here comes the dreamer!” they said.


Author:  Craig C. Carlisle, 2016

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