Last week I had the privilidge to participate in a short term Mission Trip via our church. We went to Guatemala and worked at Agua Viva Children’s Home. Some of the children were orphans, some were ordered by the court to live at the home, but most had been voluntarily placed there by their parents so they could have a chance at a life other than poverty. I’ll share more about our trip in a future post, but today I want to focus on dreaming. Not the kind you do with your eyes shut, tucked cozy in bed, but rather the things in your heart that you have a desperate hope for.
There were 78 children living in the home, and each had a bio that we had the chance to read. Every single one of them (well, maybe not the babies) had a dream of graduating, working and living a life other than the original hand they had been dealt.
Their dreams were inspiring. And many of them were coming true. I met a girl who had graduated their school system and was pursuing her dream of becoming a personal chef. She came to an evening event dressed in her daytime class’s chef uniform. She was beating the odds of poverty in her country.
This particular girl and her sister had previously lived in the city dump. Yes. The city dump. She came to the home at age 5, her sister was 3. She has overcome more than you & I could ever imagine and has a dream to be a professional chef and to help the family that still lives outside of the children’s home.
So this makes me ask, do you still dream? Or have you lost your childlike enthusiasm for what is possible? Maybe life has knocked you down a time or two, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still set a goal or dream of what could be. I know I have felt like dreaming was an impossible task – just an effort in futility. But recently I have been encouraged professionally (thank you, Tobi Fairley) and this exercise has also trickled into my personal life again.
For me, this trip has solidified the power of dreaming – and not giving into your circumstances. If a Guatemalan girl, who was born and lived in the city dump can do it, what is my excuse? What is holding you back?
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