I know it may seem like a small and inconsequential thing, but one of my variegated yucca plants bloomed earlier this summer. For the last six years, I’ve cared for this plant, which actually doesn’t require much, but this is the first time it has bloomed. Six years of waiting for the event, which only lasted about a week or so. But it was nice while it lasted.
I think there’s a subtle shift beginning to take hold in our culture right now. People are getting used to the fact that we’re no longer going to be able to have everything we want, whenever we want it. Reality has set in, harder for some than others, but I think we’re all being touched by it.
I realize that a lot of people are hurting right now and some are really struggling. I’m sorry for their situation, but I believe that better days are going to come. The pit we find ourselves in is pretty deep, and it’s going to take a long time to dig ourselves out. But with hard work and plenty of time, it will happen.
When those days come, we’ll realize that those who are most successful will have re-focused themselves. They’ll be driven by the things that matter most. Success will not be judged by the size of someone’s house or the amount in their bank account. No, I’m thinking that the most successful among us will be those who chose to care more for others than themselves, who decided to do what God put on their hearts no matter what the cost, who slowed down enough to realize that the best things in life are worth waiting for.
What they might lack in material wealth will more than be offset by the simple joy in their hearts. They’ll be at peace with themselves and those around them. Now isn’t that a dream worth working towards, a prize worth waiting for?
Every great dream begins with a dreamer.
Always remember, you have within you
the strength, the patience,
and the passion
to reach for the stars
to change the world.