"Rocky" has been one of my favorite movies for a long time. In it is the story of someone who overcomes impossible odds and achieves his dreams. But, what about reality; do people really achieve their dreams? The real life Sylvester Stallone did and if he could-so can we!!! This is not just "talk"; dreams do come true. I know, because my dreams have come true. When I first began going out with my girlfriend, there was plenty of reasons why we would never marry. Family, friends and circumstances were all against us. We had only $2, no job, no place to live and opposition from both families when we were married. May, we will be wed 45 years. Anything can happen; you just need to believe and keep on believing while you do something about it. Consider these passages from the Bible...
Genesis, Chapter 15
1 After these things Yahweh’s word came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Don’t be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”
2 Abram said, “Lord Yahweh, what will you give me, since I go childless, and he who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 Abram said, “Behold, to me you have given no seed: and, behold, one born in my house is my heir.”
4 Behold, Yahweh’s word came to him, saying, “This man will not be your heir, but he who will come out of your own body will be your heir.” 5 Yahweh brought him outside, and said, “Look now toward the sky, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” He said to Abram, “So will your seed be.” 6 He believed in Yahweh; and he reckoned it to him for righteousness.
Revelation, Chapter 2
8 “To the angel of the assembly in Smyrna write:
“The first and the last, who was dead, and has come to life says these things:
9 “I know your works, oppression, and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews, and they are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Don’t be afraid of the things which you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested; and you will have oppression for ten days. Be faithful to death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. He who overcomes won’t be harmed by the second death.
What do an old man who is told he will have descendants and Christians of the first century have in common? Faith, the essence of belief in the impossible becoming real. Think you can do something but have obstacles- believe and live your dreams as though they have already come to pass. They will happen. And if your life turns out differently than you planned- adapt and believe in yourself. Both Rocky and the real life Sylvester Stallone did and they are an encouragement to us all. Are you a Christian and life is difficult? Remember both Abram and the church at Symrna and realize that God has a plan for YOU. And that plan is a blessing, not only to you, but to the whole wide world. One more thing-- your blessings are not just in the here and now-- they will last FOREVER!!!!