A meaning of “Wish”:
to want; desire; long for
For example: I wish chocolate peanut butter gelato didn’t have so many carbs in it.
A meaning of “Hope”:
the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best
For example: I hope my mom’s ovarian cancer stays in remission.
A meaning of “Dream”:
to think or conceive of something in a very remote way
For example: I dream about living in Tuscany, Italy.
Do we spend our lives wishing, hoping and dreaming and miss what is right in front of us? Yes, some wishes, hopes and dreams are important to identify so we can have goals to strive for. Sometimes, though, we need to stop the daydreaming and do something.
David was a small guy who was overlooked because of his age and stature. He wasn’t exactly the kind of boy who could slay a very large man. Yet, he picked up simple ammunition and took down a huge threat. No one believed he was even remotely skilled or big enough to take on a full-grown man who had a vast amount of fighting experience. Even David’s older brothers mocked him and told him to get lost. (Read I Samuel 17)
You see, David came with more than rocks and a sling. He came with the desire to show up and be an example of God’s power. His routine was to be the younger brother of 4, take care of sheep and deliver food to the soldiers at the battlefront. He was young and certainly his body wasn’t exactly big enough to be a fighter.
However, his experience with taking care of a herd gave him practice in protecting the sheep from large animals with his own hands, sling, rocks and his staff.
You have experiences you draw from to make yourself prepared every day. You may also have dreams of becoming someone important and possibly wishes and hopes to make something better. Use those experiences but don’t just look for big and loud ways to do things. The smallest thing can start a giant ripple effect.
Wish for opportunities to show God’s love to someone you see every day.
Hope that God is seen in your actions and heard in your words.
Dream about how someday you will hear the words “Good and faithful servant” when you take your last breath.
“Go and the Lord be with you.”