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From Dreams to Deeds

Excellent ideas can come to people as they sit, think, and dream … what kind of house to buy or build, what kind of car, where to go for vacation, what improvements to make on our house, how to improve their church … but these are idle daydreams unless they are acted upon. Ralph Waldo Em-erson said, "Good thoughts are no better than good dreams, unless they be executed."

We need to think, to meditate, to plan, to learn, to listen in order to raise our sights and deeds above the routines of daily living. Often when we stop long enough to reflect. When our goal is for the good of others, great and wonderful things occur.

The book of James encourages action:

"Do not merely listen to the Word . . . Do what it says" (James 1:22).

Jesus, too, spoke often of doing the will of God: "Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven" (Matthew 7:21).

Jesus performed many deeds of love as he went about doing good, healing, and teaching. What is more, he fulfilled the Father’s will by offering him-self on the cross for the salvation of all. May we continue to model our lives after Jesus who not only spoke the words of life but did the works of life.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, we thank you for living the obedient life and for the example that it has provided for us. Help us to be doers as well as dream-ers and planners. May all that we do be done for your glory. In your pre-cious name we pray. Amen.

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