Dare to dream?


My friend, may I ask you a question? When it comes to a recipe for living, are you willing, perhaps, dare to mix it up a bit? Is that what God is asking you to do? Or, is God asking each of us to follow a similar course in life, doing about the same things in the same way?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

I'm one of those guys who enjoys cooking. I was single for a number of years and it came in handy knowing how to throw together a decent tasting dinner. I married a woman who is both a good cook and a great baker. Going into marriage Holly and I were a potential tag-team when it came to getting dinner on the table for a family of six, that is until she became fully aware of HOW I cooked. You see, Holly measures things and her Green Bean Casserole in 1987 still tastes the same in 2019. She’s consistent; I’m anything but. I seldom if ever measure and my stir-fried dinners have a different flavor every time I make it. I just like experimenting and trying different approaches to cooking, flavoring and spicing. I don’t mind looking at a recipe for a starting point; but I run a different pace every time I leave the starting line, so to speak.

When it comes to a recipe for living, are you willing, perhaps, dare to mix it up a bit? Is that what God is asking you to do? Or, is God asking each of us to follow a similar course in life, doing about the same things in the same way?

Here's a story: A young man approached an elderly man, standing in front of a wishing well on the streets of Disneyland. As he looked up into his eyes, he asked: "They tell me you're a wise man. What's the secret of life?" The old man looked at the young man and replied: I've thought a lot in my lifetime, and the secret can be summed up in four words: The first is to think. Think about the values you wish to live your life by. The second is to believe. Believe in yourself based on the thinking you've done about the values you're going to live your life by. The third is dream. Dream about the things that can be, based on your belief in yourself and the values you're going to live by. The last is to dare. Dare to make your dreams become reality, based on your belief in yourself and your values." And with that, Walt Disney continued, "Think, believe, dream, and dare. You are who you are, perfectly unique, perfectly you." (Author unknown.)

Maybe that is what God wants for each of us to do with our own lives as well. When it comes to the feast of life we can learn from the greatest chefs in the world, but in the end we all have to make our own sauce and cook our own meal. We are all different, after all. We are all unique. We are all special in our own way. We all bring our own one-of-a kind ingredients of experience, wisdom, and goodness to the cooking pot. Let’s not be afraid to create a glorious meal all our own to share with the world. As long as we remember to cook it with love and serve it with joy God will make sure that it turns out just right. When it comes to making dinner, there's something to be said for consistency. When it comes to making a life, however, with God as your foundation, putting up your OWN walls is a great recipe for finding out what particular good things God is looking to pack into the casserole of your life.

We pray. We pray Heavenly Father that you would look deep inside our hearts and provide us with the things we need so that we can no longer worry, and keep our minds on you. Everyday is a struggle and we don’t know how the day might end. We pray that you may find the cause for our questions and our inability to be the individual that you have always wanted us to be. Lord, teach us to know that your plan for us may be different than you plan for any other believer and help us to know that we are perfected, individually, in you. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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