Life and its journey will never be easy but I can assure you from experience that it will always be worth it. Do you feel like your life journey is worth it? Is it easy?
I remember that my father once told me that he didn't understand why I felt that I needed to fly out to California to attend an International conference. I remember that he had let me go, and for that, I am forever grateful, but he didn't really understand the need for me to go. Having said that, in hindsight, it was honestly, the beginning of incredible adventures that were yet in store. We both, my father and I, are living proof of international adventures that came about because of that one conference that I decided to attend. He may not have gotten it at the time, but he reassures me, that he gets it now. I get it too, because now I watch him embark on new international adventures to serve others in marginalized communities where his selfless love pours out for others. Its a humbly astonishing site to behold. My father's great humble spirit is the very charismatic charm that draws others to him, and in doing that, they see the Christ that lives within Him.
If you have never had the opportunity, I would highly recommend it as I certainly am not biased. My father and I, we have a mutual understanding that one of us will follow the other in following each other through various countries through the global community. I remember the first time I traveled to a European country that he had already been too, I had said, "Look, I'm getting to go where you've already gone." There were other occasions he would smile at me and say, "Look son, I am getting to go where you've already gone," and we would smile together.
Have you ever looked at an individual and wondered how in your wildest imagination that this individual would be dreaming to achieve that?
Without asking, we cast a judgment, perception, or misgiving word towards their character, person, action, or what we think of them, purely based on their dream. Instantly, before a conversation is had, we have automatically assumed the truth from mere personal perception. We go on to then declare to the world that we have the best perception of others and we know exactly what someone else is up to based on our own personal thoughts.
Is it in your wildest imagination the dream, or theirs? Dreams are exactly what they are. It is the very hope to which one holds so tightly to their chest like their favorite blanket or stuffed animal as a child. Dreams are funny things, as they can be the very object of unity or discourse, depending on who gets the dream. If the dream has seeped through your core like an incredibly Aramaic fragrance, which remains through every pore of your skin, you would want to check with the One who placed it there to see if its worth your pursuit.
If its worth your life pursuit, then, there would be nothing to stop you. If you line yourself within the will of the dream and the One who created you and created your dream, then the only question to debate would be not if you shall arrive, rather how. Don't ever expect others to understand the dream that somehow was born within your very being. If they get it than you realize that you have human life forms that are eager to join you in the achievement of your dream because they have caught a vision of what your dream entails and they desire to embark as well. If they don't understand your dream, guess what? That is okay. Its not their fault, nor are you to judge them, rather only, its not their dream. Guess what else? You will be so humbled, so honored, and so amazed at how God will bring just the right individuals into your life at just the right moment to spur you on, to encourage you onward, and to be all that you need to help you achieve your dream.
I know. I am there. There are amazing people that have surrounded to love, protect, dream, and chase the vision. They come from all over the world.
Its yours. Its your dream. Its your sweet spot.
There may be a lot of pain, tears shed, and shattered hopes along the way, but it will be worth it. Every single ounce of sweat that is shed for your dream that was born deep within your very soul by the One who created you will be worth it, regardless of rejection you will face, regardless of ridicule that others will point in your direction, and regardless of the countless jeers that others will chant while spitting in your hair, you shall arrive at your dream. I would only want one wish for you while you run for it. Don't worry about those who name you a crazy radical for living on the edge of the journey for it is only you that, through the gentle nudging of the Holy Spirit, will understand exactly what your calling is, rather concentrate on surrounding yourself with individuals that get it too.
Look for those who get your dream. They will get it if they are meant to get it. If they don't get it, they don't get it, and don't force them to get it. Don't attempt to shove it down their throats either, because some individuals just aren't meant to get your dream, because its not theirs or because they can't even seem to handle or get their own dream much less yours.
Do you remember Davie Wilkerson. An incredible humble man from PA who pastored churches in the 1950's? In 1958, he felt a calling to serve the inner streets of gang infested regions where some of the most violent criminals thrived, after seeing a magazine article on the trial of teenagers for gang related violence. Some called him crazy while others ridiculed his entire career. He was a laughing stock and certainly the topic of those "tsk, tsk, tsk," conversations that certain individuals love to engage in where they stand around in a hushed circle with their $30.00 cocktails and embellish the world's ownership to themselves.
He found a dream. It was one that was born within and he accomplished incredible outreaches that changed the global family forever. You will do the same. Its your dream. Its your run. Its your opportunity to cease a moment in which could be the very opportunity to be the catalyst of change that ignites a global impact of positive empowerment.
I am forever grateful for the angels in my journey that have helped me to see the dream. I am thankful to my God who gave me the dream. All of my earthly pains will be washed away by an incredible moment when I depart, yet, I will depart, with a deep and most profound peace that my dream, if not accomplished, was started. There will be one to complete it, and I am so grateful for when that day arrives.
Remember, don't ever ask the question, "Who doesn't get this?" Just rest and realize that it doesn't really matter who doesn't get it, rather only does it matter that YOU get it. Got it ? Its just between you and God anyway and He will show the others to join you. They will. You shall not do this alone. Be assured and just remember to surround yourself with those who get it because they will be your backbone, spine, and muscle of support through the worst and the best of your days.
Daniel M. Klopp
Advocate 4 Marginalized individuals & communities globally
Advocate & Journalist
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