January 6

Don't Stop Short Of Your Dreams

"The Lord was with Joseph and he prospered.” Genesis 39:2a

In 1930, two young brothers named Dick and Maurice McDonald moved from New Hampshire to California to pursue the American dream of being successful. After a few failed ventures, they struck gold when they opened a small drive-in restaurant. By the mid-1950’s, their annual revenue was $350,000, and the brothers split $100,000 in profits.

You might think, yes, the rest is history. But you may be surprised to know the rest of the story. In 1954, a man by the name of Ray Kroc came into the picture. Ray Kroc saw potential that the brothers did not see. In 1961, Kroc bought the exclusive rights to McDonald’s for the sum of $2.7 million – now with 21,000+ restaurants worldwide, the rest of the story is history indeed.

Christians look to Joseph as the role model for dreaming big. Genesis 39 holds important lessons for all dreamers. As followers of Christ, we need to remember our God-given dreams come true in God’s timing, not ours.

So, when we are following our God-given dreams: 1) Know that God is with us (verses 2, 21, & 23). 2) Know that God is aware of our actions (verse 9). 3) Know that God can make the bitter things in life sweet (verses 21-23)

Prayer for today: Lord Jesus, please help us to be faithful to our God-given dreams like Joseph was so we at Good  Shepherd Lutheran Church can pursue our God-given dream to     the fullest potential. Please prepare us for what we will be doing. Show us     where we are stopping short of Your dream for us and give us the courage to make a choice to faithfully follow You. Amen.

Personal Prayer: “Lord, I want to please You! What do You want me to do to help make the dreams of our church come true?”