Dreams Can Die, Hope Shouldn’t

I have a dream. It is to serve as Senior Pastor of Evergreen SGV as long as the Lord desires me to do so. I used to have a target retirement date… not any more.

I have another dream. I would like to see my oldest grandchild get married.

Yes, I have dreams. But what if they don’t come to pass? What if my dreams are not God’s plan for my life? What then?

Dreams can die, hope shouldn’t. 

Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, "We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." 

Dreams can die, hope shouldn’t.

Webster defines a dream (vision) as “the ability to foresee or perceive something not actually visible as through mental or spiritual acuteness.”

Dreams can die. 

Webster defines hope as “a feeling that what is wanted will happen”.

Hope shouldn’t.

Lewis Smedes wrote, “Life is a continued story of hope adjustments. Things change. Hopes die. But hope does not have to die – not ever. And it will not die if we are mature enough, brave enough, and if we believe enough to readjust our hopes to the new reality we are jammed into every time another hope dies.”

Dreams can die, hope shouldn’t.

C.S. Lewis in his letters wrote, “Our best havings are our wantings…”

Dreams can die, hope shouldn’t.

The Bible says, “And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”  Romans 5:3-5

Hope should never disappoint. It should never die, because all of our hopes are in the hands of Christ Jesus. Paul wrote “…Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

Dreams can die, hope shouldn’t.

For all of you who feel as though your dreams have died, may the Lord bless you and sustain you with an abundance of hope, which will never die.

Something to think about...