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I Have a Dream

I have a dream, many dreams actually; but dreams that tie into one broad aspect and it is the hope that the world would realize that the value of human life is immeasurable, irreplaceable, and a gift from God.

In this world now we see it as replaceable…everyone is replaceable and we are only here for a short amount of time, right? We should make it count which is why I have a dream for America; a hope for the world and a desire for every heart to look beyond their own lives and to put others before themselves.

God gave us a body, desires, and wishes but it is what we do with them that count the most. For example, sex trafficking is flourishing in America; we are the third leading country in the world. Yes, the knots and loops of this industry are difficult for us to grasp and decipher, but much like a tightly knotted piece of yarn, working to untangle it all will take some time and energy but the end product will be rewarding. Think of all the lives that could be changed. Families restored, new families begun, and lives being rebuilt because we took the time and energy to help the girls, and also guys involved in this industry. Let’s help them to get out of it, and have something in life to look forward to. The power of a helping hand extended to someone could change their life forever. Such as paper clips, hooked together, resembling our extended kindness, the links grow and grow much like a ripple effect.

I have this dream of mine, building inside of me. I dream, and I pray for every person to feel the love of our Lord Jesus Christ and to know wholeheartedly that they are loved by him. Our world is proof that we have lost sight of that. Dreaming and hoping for something is one thing, but nothing gets done without actions. I challenge you to look beyond your wants, your needs and selfish desires to help someone else for a change; try and make a change. Maybe one of the reasons why our world has lost sight of God is because we are so self indulging, doing things for only ourselves and ignoring the consequences. As a whole, I feel that we would be much happier if we would do the exact opposite of that.

We are here on this earth for a much bigger purpose than ourselves. We are to show God’s love and mercy to others around us, lead others to Christ and to ‘love your neighbor as yourself’ (Matthew 22:39). My dream is for our world to do just that. I think about that, how our world would be like if we acted in this manner. It’s difficult because we are so conditioned to have things ‘instantly’, and ‘all to our self’. God promises in 1 Timothy 4:8 that acting in godliness holds promise for both this life and the life to come.

Do you dream of things such as these?

—Lauren Auerbach


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