Wednesday, March 28, 2007

What's Your Dream?

Holding onto your dreams can be tough, especially in the face of discouragement. God has a dream for Creekside that He is counting on us holding onto. I found the following story was encouraging.

This preacher, at the age of 53 became quite frustrated because his goal was to write a book. He had a manuscript and he had spent years in writing this book. He was so excited; he felt that some publisher would certainly want to print it and put it into circulation.

After going to about 13 or 14 publishers, of which none of them would take the manuscript and publish the book, he was so discouraged one day that he took the manuscript and he threw it in the wastepaper basket and said, “My dream will never come true. That book will never be a reality.”

His wife, whose name was Ruth reached over and began to pull the manuscript out and said, “Oh Honey, let’s give it one more try. Let’s send it to one more publisher.” And in his disgust and frustration, he forbade her to pick up the manuscript and said, “Don’t you ever take it out of that wastebasket. It will never be published.”

So his wife, Ruth, the next day ¾ you can’t keep a good woman down ¾ takes the wastepaper basket, puts it in a sack, wraps it up, and sends it to the publisher like that. The publisher says, “I’ve never had a package like this.” He opens it up; there’s the wastepaper basket. The manuscript is inside the wastepaper basket. She didn’t take it out! This publisher took it out, he read it, he liked it, and he published it. It was the first book of Norman Vincent Peale, “The Power of Positive Thinking.” Thirty million copies sold and he began living his dream.

Hold onto your dream. Phil 1:6 says, " . . . being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."


Blogger Jeanette said...

the world needs dreamers! the world needs more of them. at least more that are willing to stick it out to see their dreams come to fruition. the hard part for me is knowing whether or not my dream is something God want's or if it's something i think God wants. it's been a fun ride learning to understand that there is a difference.

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Blogger Susan L Holman said...

I wanted to Thank You for sharing Sunday with me about expecting results.....I wanted to know the book you mentioned & the author??
Jim & I celebrated our 31st year of marriage today....God is Awsome
Thanks Again
Sue Holman

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