Day 17, 2019


Author: Melissa Barber

Happy Seventeenth Day of Thanks Everyone!

Today we give thanks for faith because it’s how we active dormant dreams and goals and really please God into trusting us to carry out His/Her perfect design for our lives and divine purpose.

As a child, I remember always having these big, lofty plans for my future. I knew at the age of 10 that I was going to be a doctor (I specifically wanted to be an OB/GYN).  By age 12, I planned to one day establish two community/social medicine clinics in the Bronx. By high school age, I knew that I wanted to travel the world and be a medical missionary.  During high school, I knew I wanted to globally impact the lives of women and children. Later, I knew that I wanted to write at least two books (hoping they’d be on someone’s best seller list). 

For a dirt poor, black woman from the South Bronx these were some pretty big plans. I had no money and no real support or guidance to be on any of those paths. But, I had something really simple called faith.  As complex as we make faith out to be, faith is really just seeing the future in advance and making a reality from your imagination. Spiritually speaking, faith is seeing what God knows and believing it, adamantly, enough to carry it out. It is being daring enough to accomplish a dream or goal (sometimes by a set time) not even knowing how you will get there.  

As I share this reflection, I can put a check mark by a few of those dreams/goals. Doctor. Check. Travel outside the US. Check. Medical Mission in Haiti. Check. Impacting the lives of women and children. Check. Wrote my first book. Check.  Of course, all of those dreams at the time I was imagining them seemed absolutely impossible. But, I just proved to you and myself that the impossible was and still is possible (eventually). And if we are being honest, doesn’t ever great achievement really start by someone believing or imagining it to be possible? 

It pains me to admit that I’ve been a little laxed lately in dreaming big because of the disappointment in having to wait so long to see things come to fruition. But as I write, I’m encouraging myself to get back in the game. I’m screaming to myself—“HAVE FAITH! DREAM BIG! TRUST GOD! You had faith for all those things before and got the necessary and effective results.”   

So what dream are you seeing in advance? What impossible goal do you want to trust God for in your near or far future? 

(I want my wall to wall bookshelf completed to start organizing the millions of books in my house. I want to make billions to do the kind of real philanthropy work that I want to do. I want to travel the entire world.  I want American Indians on reservations to have a better quality of life. I want to speak several other languages and interpret tongues. I want to sing again. I want God to use my hand to do miracles frequently. I want to crack the code to understand/cure autism so that millions will be healed from it. I want to settle down and get married. To name a few.)

Today as we give thanks for faith and the activation of dreams, big or small, I want to highlight the I Have a Dream Foundation (“I Have A Dream” Foundation) whose vision is to create a world where every child has equal access to educational and career opportunities that will ignite their innate potential. The foundation works to ensure that all children in under-resourced communities have the opportunity to pursue higher education, fulfill their potential, and achieve their dreams by providing tuition support, among other supports, to remove financial barriers. Please donate your time and money to this wonderful organization. 

“I Have A Dream” Foundation provides individualized social, emotional, and academic support to young people from low-income communities.

Love ya, 

Have a great day of Thanks!

Published by: Dream Without Borders

Artist| Scientist| Creative Entrepreneur| Activist: working at intersections of arts, health, healing, and activism, my practice focuses on the performance and performative articulations of vulnerable bodies, exploring and examining expressions of identity and belonging. I hold particular interest in the lives and aspirations of the African Diaspora/Black Atlantic in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

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