What Can Happen When a Dream Dies

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In Mr. Holland’s Opus starring Richard Dreyfus, Mr. Holland dreamed of being a composer, but a new baby in the family caused him to reevaluate. So he found a job at a high school teaching. He would spend his spare time writing and composing music.

But life crashed in again and the overwhelming duties of teaching forced him to choose: his dream symphony or his student’s education. He tries to continue his writing. Slowly the independent composer dies to the teacher.

His heart was broken, but he fulfilled his obligations. Out of the death of his dreams came the fulfillment of another. He had composed his opus, not on paper but in the lives of his students. It was a brilliant symphony composed of the individual lives that he encouraged and nurtured through his teaching.

In our own lives some dreams are never fulfilled for some reason, but other dreams, small or even remote, can be done. This is what Jesus was teaching us when he said, “When a grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it surrenders to a new life and bears much fruit” (John 12:24). A God Nod

Let your Dreams be bigger than your Fears,
Let your Actions be louder than your Words,
Let your Faith be stronger than your Feelings.

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