2 Corinthians 5:7
We walk by faith, not by sight.
Where there is no vision, the people perish.
My son’s friend, Austin Murphy (age 13), got a hole-in-one at Old Overton Club this past week. For you who don’t play golf……it’s almost (I emphasize almost) easier to get struck by lightning than it is to get a hole-in-one! My dad made a hole in one just a few years ago in Chattanooga! Most would say that a hole-in-one is a once in a lifetime chance.
I read in Sunday’s paper about another cool feat. U.S. swimmer Dara Torres defied odds to win a fifth Olympic Games position at age 41. She was quoted, “The water doesn’t know what age you are when you jump in.”
I have learned that nothing will happen if you don’t try. God likes us to DREAM BIG. I have to admire Mayor Larry Langford’s faith in having the vision to see the city of Birmingham have a shot at hosting the 2020 Olympics. This has stirred lots of criticism….you should read the editorials. People are shunning Langford’s passion to dream big. Well, let’s ponder a few recognizable names that believed in a dream, and yet, did not let the opinion of others stop their progress or bring them down……Thomas Edison, Bill Gates, Henry Ford, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr….Again, ya never know until you try. Sounds as crazy as a shepherd boy with only a pouch of smooth stones and a sling up against a brawny Goliath. (A portion of this paragraph was inspired by an article written in The Birmingham News by freelance writer, Philip Theibert.)
The truth is……miracles happen. I am not a political person, but whoever wants to improve our city, I tip my hat to them. Think about it….if the people of the city of Birmingham could truly work together, nothing could stop us. I am tired of the negative people who are complacent in their boring spots. My pastor, Pastor Chris Hodges, dreams of a crime-free Birmingham. Ranked in the Top 10 most dangerous cities in the United States, it’s evident the devil has a stronghold on a large part of Birmingham. You know what I believe?……..I believe that our city has the power to change the world.
My church…Church of the Highlands….is planning an exciting outreach all across the city this upcoming Saturday. I am inspired. I know that even one person can make a difference. But…when we all join together in a combined effort, there is power in numbers! If only one person contributed his time and effort on that Saturday, he has still changed the world. It’s a “win-win” whether you are interested in reducing crime or just wanting to share the love of God. This city will be a better place no matter what, when we work together to see God’s perspective. Whether one wants to improve the city or improve brotherly love, we cannot lose. We have everything to gain by jumping on the bandwagon of BELIEVING in our city, and BELIEVING in our GOD, and BELIEVING in the power of prayer and power of change!
To further inspire you, I would like to leave you with a few compelling quotes to chew on:
“Never wait for a miracle GO AFTER your dream.”
John C. Maxwell
“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
“If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”
“Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.”
“By perseverance the snail reached the Ark.”
Charles H. Spurgeon
“If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it; every arrow that flies feels the attraction of the earth.”
“Success comes in cans….failure comes in cant’s.”
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
“What lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.”
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
“Success is more attitude than aptitude.”
People can be divided into three groups:
Those WHO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN, those WHO WATCH THINGS HAPPEN, and those WHO WONDER WHAT’S HAPPENING!
BE ONE WHO MAKES THINGS HAPPEN!
CLAIM A DREAM AND A VISION
WHERE TO START?
THE MOST FAMOUS VISIONARY OF ALL…JESUS CHRIST!!
If you are interested in joining us for this Saturday’s upcoming outreach event in conjunction with our “One Prayer” series, go to www.churchofthehighlands.com
WE CAN ALL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!