Your enemies, your "friends," and even your family members may be able to leave you for dead in a ditch somewhere, but they cannot kill your dream or your vision. Consider the lives of these great men of history:
- Martin Luther King said, "I have a great dream!" They killed him at 39 on April 4th, 1968, but his dream no one could kill. His dream for civil rights became a reality in America and many other parts of the world.
- Mahatma Gandhi was a dreamer. He dreamed for a free India and Indian society. His enemies could kill him but could not kill his dream, and he became the father of the nation with new freedom.
- Abraham Lincoln was a dreamer. He had a dream to stop slavery in America. Yes, his enemies could kill him but not his dream for it became a reality for America and the rest of the world.
- Thomas the apostle was a dreamer for evangelizing and establishing churches in India. His enemies killed him but they could not destroy his dream. Now hundreds of thousands of St. Thomas churches are located in India and abroad.
- Paul the apostle said, "He who has began a good work in you (He who has placed a dream in you) will complete it until the day of Christ (Phil 1:6).
- Jesus Christ was a dreamer. His dream was to establish the Kingdom of God throughout this world by building His church among every people, tribe, nation, and language. His enemies could kill him but could not kill or destroy His dream. His dream and vision is reaching out to the whole world and will not end until it is complete (Matt 16:18 & Revelation 7:9).
- Joseph had a God given dream. He dreamed that his entire family would bow down before him (Gen 37:5-9). His father scolded him, his brothers hated him and left him for dead, but they did not keep him away from his dream.
There is one more dream I (M.A. Thomas) must mention. I have a dream of establishing a church in every city and village of India. My dream is to take one million orphans and street children and make them ambassadors of the Kingdom of God. Like many others before me, I too suffer because I have a dream. They can kill me but cannot kill my dream. God gave me this dream, and nothing they do to me will stop this dream. It is already happening.
Beloved, what is your dream? Write it down, read it daily, and pray over it. Do not fall asleep on your dream, but let your enemies say, "Oh, look! Here comes that dreamer!" And please remember as a Hopegiver to keep this as part of your dream: shaping and sending one million orphans and street children to be ambassadors for the Kingdom of God.