First, since I’ve always loved the old standards, I envisioned walking on stage as a 30-piece band blew the socks off the people in the front row as I crooned like Sinatra. Of course, I also thought being a pop singer would be pretty cool. I could hit most of the notes, but knew dancing was going to be a problem. The only dance move I had mastered in high school was standing with my back against a wall and nodding my head in rhythm every now and then.
Then there was the dream of being a voice in a Disney movie. I could just imagine the fun it would it be being the voice of Aladdin or a sensitive warthog singing “Hakuna Matata” (The Lion King). Sure, it’s upsetting being a warthog and knowing your friends don’t want to sit downwind, but you still get to sing and dance and help save the kingdom.
Dreams — meaning, “an idea or vision that is created in your imagination,” can be powerful tools and motivation. Consider what came from the “dreams” of Thomas Edison, Leonardo DaVinci, the Wright Brothers, Walt Disney, and Steve Jobs, just to name a few.
But what about shattered dreams? What if circumstances beyond your control have crushed your dreams? What if you never got the break you needed? Or what if your own sin and selfishness have led you down a dark and devastating road?
Recently, among a very nice list of compliments, gratitude, and encouragement regarding LOGOI’s ministry, we received this note:
“I want to change. Help me! ”
t reminded me of times I saw men stand in line for hours after a pastor’s conference had ended in Latin America anxious to talk with my dad. They needed to cry out too, to share broken dreams, and mostly, to renew their hope.
In the book of Lamentations, Jeremiah is perplexed about all the evil and suffering around him. He knows Israel has turned its back on God and they are experiencing the devastating effects of sin. But it seems too harsh. The great city of Jerusalem is being destroyed, children are starving, people are dying, and sobs are heard throughout the night.
Jeremiah’s descriptions are vivid: “He has broken my bones… dragged me off the path and torn me to pieces… made me chew on gravel…” In verse 18 he cries, “Everything I had hoped for from the Lord is lost.”
But then in the midst of great confusion and suffering he dares to hope and remembers:
“The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning” (Lamentations 3:22-23).
It’s as if Jeremiah wrote, “I want to change. Help me!” And Jeremiah knew his only hope—our only hope—is in the faithful love and mercy of God Himself.
As I write this letter to you, I’m reminded how often God uses the ministry of “little LOGOI” to encourage and renew the hope of a weary pastor or national missionary. We often hear of their loneliness and heartaches and how they can “taste the gravel” in their mouths. Just like me and just like you, they are sinners in desperate need of God’s love, grace, mercy, and peace.
And in God’s grace, we are often ideally positioned to remind them…and you…and me…that “the faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”
We are in the process of trying to make some 80 of our online LOGOI Bible books available as ebooks (on Amazon.com and iTunes for example) as well as via print-on-demand. The production cost of each book is just over $300. Your financial help toward this need would be so very helpful and a great encouragement to us. Thank you for your prayerful consideration! Oh, and to see my new “musical dreams” routine, all you have to do is invite me to your church!
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