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by Mary Elder-Criss
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Imagining the Impossible?
© Mary Elder-Criss
September, 2003

If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities. –Maya Angelou.

If you’ve ever been labeled by the world as a dreamer, or as an individual that walks around with “your head in the clouds,” then you most likely are also someone that feels misunderstood 90% of the time. Many people that have not been given the visionary ideas or outlook that you have about life will simply think of you as someone that has lost touch with reality.

Why is it that when we are children, imagination is encouraged, but when we become adults, it is something that is frowned upon? Is there a certain age that upon physically reaching, means we must die to any idea that is not carved in stone? Does this also mean that if we are an individual that longs to “shoot for the stars,” so to speak, we are basically “out in left field with our backs to the ball?”

Some of the world’s greatest inventors and revolutionaries who had the courage to stand up and fight for ideas worth believing in, were labeled as “dreamers.” Who will ever be able to forget Martin Luther King’s famous speech in which he stated, “I have a dream!”

Read the following excerpts from this great man’s speech, and then realize what it is to imagine as he imagined.

“Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you today, my friends, that even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow. I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.”

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed--we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.”

“And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every tenement and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last."

Imagine. One man’s desire to transform his “fantasy” into a million realities. Putting your dreams into God’s hands, and fighting for them, despite what people say to you to try to dissuade you, or discourage you, can indeed change a million realities for other people.

Perhaps your imaginings are not as grand as the great Martin Luther King’s. Will you accomplish your imaginings without work? Thomas Edison once said that "Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration." You are not likely to accomplish your dreams without hard work and perseverance.

I have a dream, as well. My dream is to become a published writer for the Lord. After ten long hard years of work, and faith, it is beginning slowly to come true. Although I have only been published by two online periodicals, it is still the commencement of my dream becoming an actuality. I have been labeled in the past as someone who “walked with their head in the clouds.” I have been told that what I desired would most likely never happen, and I should set my eyes on more realistic goals. Imagine what our world would be like if everyone who had a dream to make it a better place gave up on them.

Imagine if you will, what our world would be like if God Himself had not cared enough about us in our sinful states to make a way for us to be free from them by sending His beloved Son, Jesus. God Himself had a dream. He dreamed of a creation that would worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. Thank God for instilling dreams within His children. Thank God for His persistence in pursuing us, and for persevering as long as He has in giving us the chance for His dream to become reality.

As you pursue your dreams for the Kingdom, and you persevere, regardless of what others may say to you, or about you, take a moment to imagine one last thing. There is a new song by MercyMe that states this well. Imagine, if you will, what it will feel like when you stand before Christ, and He places the crown upon your head, with the words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” I too, even being the dreamer that I am, “can only imagine.”

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Donna Haug 11 Sep 2003
Mary, May all your God-given dreams become reality as He works in your life! Great article! Donna
Violet Nesdoly 11 Sep 2003
Mary, this article was inspirational -- a shot-in-the-arm! ~ Violet
Melody Tregear 08 Sep 2003
Mary, this is a very encouraging article! Also very honest and open. Good work!
Amy Kent 08 Sep 2003
Mary, great article! It has a good point and is well written. Amy
Debra L. McKeen Sparks 08 Sep 2003
Dream on dear friend -- and may your dreams never die, and may new ones replace those old ones as they come true. Good piece!!
Ann Marie Lindenmeyer 08 Sep 2003
Great article. I believe if we touch one person to come to the Lord or rekindle someone's love for the Lord, then our writing has been worthwhile. So persevere, keep writing and serving the Lord...and touch someones life. God Bless and great idea.


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