不要讓艱難扼殺你的夢  by Sister Gwen Shaw石桂林

NEVER LET DIFFICULTIES CAUSE YOU TO LOSE YOUR DREAM

Gwen Shaw  (選自: 看哪﹗那做夢的來了﹗Behold, the Dreamer Cometh!)

譯: 金幼竹(Bambi Wright) 

他們遠遠就看見約瑟。在他走近之前﹐大家同謀﹐決定殺他。他們彼此說﹕『那做夢的來了。來吧﹗我們殺他﹐把屍體丟在枯井裡﹐說他是被野獸吃掉了﹐看看他的夢能不能實現。』(創世紀37﹕18-20)

這個世界不喜歡『做夢的人』﹐他們不喜歡約瑟﹐因為約瑟看到他的未來充滿了奇妙的事﹐同時﹐他相信神會把他夢裡看到的實現出來。他的夢替他招來了禍患﹐但是﹐也由於他能瞭解夢的意義﹐他又從禍患中被提昇到埃及宰相的地位。

作一個『做夢的人』須要有極大的勇氣﹐因為﹐做夢的人必須抗拒一般人的共識﹑既有的階層﹑人造的系統﹐和社會的規則。他必須相信別人從來沒有想到的事﹐他是一個違反傳統的人﹐是一個叛徒﹐一個不隨俗的人﹐但是﹐就是因為他是如此的不同﹐別人常常會覺得他不太正常。

一個做夢的人是不會隨便放棄的﹐事實上﹐通常﹐他是絕對不放棄的。他會嘗試了又嘗試﹐值得他達成了他的夢想﹐或者他在嘗試當中死去。只有成功和死亡能夠阻止一個真正的做夢的人。

一個做夢的人可以看到靈裡面的事情﹐是一般人肉眼看不到的。但是﹐因為他在靈裡面看到了﹐他就能憑著信心﹐把那些事在物質的世界裡實現出來。你可以把你所有的夢想實現成真﹐所有實際存在的事本來就只是夢想而已。

約瑟的哥哥們恨他﹐就是因為他的夢。如果他也像他們一樣普普通通﹐或者﹐他把他的夢放在自己心裡而不說﹐他就不會有那麼多敵人了。然而﹐他的夢使他們對他產生憎恨﹐因為他們嫉妒。他們不會做夢﹐所以﹐他們也不要他做夢。於是﹐當他們看到他走近他們﹐就說﹕『看哪﹗那個做夢專家來了﹗』(有一個聖經版本這麼描寫。)他們說這話的時候充滿著輕蔑和玩弄的語氣﹐當然﹐這就是那些『不會做夢的人』的自然反應。儘管如此﹐你仍然應該勇敢的向神要你的夢﹗

每一位帶動復興的人都會遭到逼迫

EVERY REVIVALIST WILL HAVE PERSECUTION

什麼帶動復興的人會讓好人都嫉妒呢﹖當神恩膏某人的生命﹐並大大的用他的時候﹐我們常常會發現﹐在他身邊和他最親近的朋友裡面﹐就會有人嫉妒他。在今天﹐任何神要使用帶動復興的人﹐很快就會發現﹐那些他最尊敬的人裡面就有人在幕後不著邊際的抵制他。

十九世紀初﹐有一位叫做埃文。羅伯茨的年輕人﹐是威爾斯的一個煤礦工人。他得到一個夢﹐神會在威爾斯有一個大復興﹐這個復興是如此重要﹐神會把地獄之門對威爾斯關閉一年﹐而十萬個靈魂會接受耶穌。白天他去煤礦做工﹐到了晚上﹐他就在房間裡為那大復興禱告﹐他竭力地禱告﹐以至於他的床都因聖靈而震動﹐就像五旬節的時候聖靈降臨的時候『整個房子震動』一樣。神用一個異象回應了他的禱告﹐於是﹐他離開了聖經學校回到了羅格他的家鄉。當他一進門的時候﹐他告訴他的母親﹕『在兩個禮拜之內﹐羅格這地方將會有極大的改變﹐我們會有一個從來沒有過的大復興。』

羅伯茨得到了他教會長老的允許﹐向年輕人講他的訊息。他用撒迦利亞四章六節﹕『不是倚靠勢力﹐不是倚靠才能﹐乃是倚靠我的靈。』當場﹐聖靈降在『摩利亞教堂』團契廳裡坐著的那十七個年輕人身上﹐他們哭泣吶喊到午夜時分﹐這些年輕人因此震撼了整個城鎮。

接下來的那個晚上﹐那些年輕人又聚集在一起。只是﹐那個聚會一直沒有結束﹐從白天到晚上﹐從晚上到白天﹐一直到整個威爾斯都被神的全能震撼了。人們從各個地方來﹐從英國﹐歐洲﹐蘇俄﹐美國﹐大不列顛帝國的屬地﹐以及世界的其他地方﹐並且把這個大復興帶回他們自己的地方去﹐這也就是把洛杉磯阿蘇蕯街的復興燃燒起來的火把。

神用了像羅伯茨那樣的年輕人去羅伯茨作神國的大事﹐但是﹐他自己國家的神職人員卻嫉妒他攻擊他﹐使他心碎﹐精神崩潰﹐最後放棄了他的事工。為什麼﹐當神選用那些非人所推崇的人作祂的工作時﹐他們會受到別人的懷疑和攻擊﹐就如羅伯茨和施洗約翰所經歷的情況﹖當神的恩膏降臨在施洗約翰身上﹐他開始傳講懺悔的訊息的時候﹐那些猶太的宗教領袖就猛烈的攻擊他﹐他們的想法是﹐“如果神要作什麼大事的話﹐一定會使用耶路撒冷的會堂﹐而不是在那泥濘的約旦河岸。』

然而﹐施洗約翰付出了他的代價﹐他曾經看到異象, ﹐他知道他的呼召是什麼﹐他勇敢的傳講福音的結果是喪失他的生命﹐任何值得你以生命全力以赴的事﹐也應該值得你付上你的生命。

兩千年之久的夢 A TWO THOUSAND YEAR OLD DREAM 

自從猶太人在西元七十年被羅馬帝國從驅散到世界各地以後﹐兩千年來﹐他們不斷的禱告﹐並且相信﹐有一天﹐他們會回到神賜給他們的祖先亞伯拉罕的土地。他們每天為以色列禱告三次﹐而每一年的逾越節﹐他們會重新宣告他們的夢﹕『明年﹐我們會在耶路撒冷慶祝逾越節﹗』

一年又一年的過去﹐當他們的夢似乎離他們越來越遠﹐而歐洲的猶太人漸漸被當地人同化的時候﹐神揀選了一位奧國猶太人﹐並且把這個夢重新放在他的心裡﹐這人的名字叫西奧多。赫茨爾。他呼籲他的同胞重新擁抱那個夢﹐他們回應了他而聚集起來﹐並為這個夢而掙扎努力。一些公義的外邦人也看到了這個異象﹐並且開始積極的幫助猶太人實現這個夢﹐這就是錫安主義的來源。有一長段的時期﹐這個夢似乎顯得非常渺茫﹐有的猶太人甚至提議﹐他們應該到烏干達去復國。但是﹐遠在非洲的烏干達怎麼可能成為他們的『應許之地』呢﹖亞伯拉罕從來不曾走在那塊土地﹐以撒也沒有在那裡鑿井﹐而雅各也不是在那裡看到梯子伸展到天上。

又過了許多年﹐那個『猶大國』始終沒有建立﹐但是﹐有一些勇敢的猶太人遷移到了那塊『應許之地』﹐他們用他們所能聚集的金錢買了那裡的沼澤地﹐然後把那些沼澤改良成了以色列國的果園和農場。 

終於﹐在1948年的一天﹐大衛.本.古里安站在一群長老面前﹐宣佈以色列國家的重生。就在那一刻﹐戰爭爆發了﹐她的敵人群起攻擊那剛剛誕生的國家﹐但是﹐他們並沒得逞﹐他們永遠也不會得逞﹐因為神也有一個夢﹐就是把以色列那塊土地還給祂的老朋友﹐亞伯拉罕。


不要讓艱難扼殺你的夢  

NEVER LET DIFFICULTIES CAUSE YOU TO LOSE YOUR DREAM

光是得到一個夢是不夠的﹐你必須在你心裡保持那個夢的活力﹐每一天﹐每一晚﹐每一小時﹐每一個時刻都不中斷。絕對不要因為生活裡的陰霾和困難﹐灰心喪志﹐以至於放棄了那個夢終會實現的信心。 

約瑟雖然被丟到深坑﹐被賣成奴隸﹐又被關進監牢﹐受盡了折磨﹐但是﹐在他心裡﹐那個夢一直活著。如果他心裡有疑而丟棄了他的夢﹐那麼﹐那個夢永遠也不會實現。約瑟曾經落到人下之人的地步﹐但是﹐他後來終於在地位﹑權力﹑名望方面﹐都成了人上之人。

約瑟年幼的時候﹐急於告訴他人他得到的夢﹐但是﹐當他成熟以後﹐他能夠聆聽別人的夢。真正的大人物會用心聽別人要說什麼﹐他們知道自己並不是萬事通。你的弟兄姐妹可能有一個異象﹐要和人分享﹐他們可能須要一些鼓勵﹐不要在他們向你打開心房的時候﹐急著用你自己的觀點否定他們。好好聽他們說﹐很可能﹐他們有值得你學習的地方。 

沒有做夢的人 世界就會荒蕪

『異象』在希伯來文字裡是Chazowr﹐它的涵義是『心裡的景象﹐夢﹐異象﹐啟示﹐預示﹐預言。』《箴言》裡最深奧的經文包括了『沒有異象﹐民就放肆。』(箴言29﹕18)。

德文把這句經文翻譯成﹕『沒有異象﹐人們就變得狂野﹑蒼涼﹑混亂﹑墮落﹑粗俗﹑骯髒﹑空虛。』

今天的人性差不多就是如此﹗我們許多城市的市中心就是這個光景﹐而許況﹐多最奢侈﹑富裕和名人也是這樣。如果我們知道許多今天在政治﹑宗教﹑娛樂界有權勢的人的罪和他們的苦況﹐我們會驚訝得合不攏嘴。因為﹐很多人已經把他們的靈魂賣給了撒旦﹐才達到今天的地位﹐也因為如此﹐他們變得非常殘酷﹐雖然表明上他們好像很高尚﹐他們對於踐踏別人往上爬﹐眼睛都不會眨一下。他們也有『夢』﹐但是不是從神而來的夢﹐而是因為他們拒絕神給他們的夢﹐拒絕祂對他們一生的計劃。

在士師的時代﹐當撒姆耳還是幼兒的時候﹐以色列境內沒有異象﹐這就是說﹐當時沒有人有先知的話語帶領以色列民走在神的道中。其結果是﹐祭司變得墮落﹑粗俗﹑污穢和惡毒﹐以致於約櫃被非利士人劫走﹐許多年--包括掃羅在位的四十年--流落在外。一直要到大衛王有異象要把約櫃帶回神的子民當中以後﹐它才回到以色列人當中﹐而其中的過程充滿了試練和傷心之處。

來自神的夢和來自於人的謀算有很大的分別﹐我們必須小心﹐千萬別把祂所給我們的夢和人的謀算交換。

四種異象  FOUR KINDS OF VISIONS

1 開放的異象(OPEN VISION)﹕ 在你醒著的時候得到的。

2 夜晚的異象(異夢)(NIGHT VISION)﹕在睡著的時候得到的。

3 心靈內在的印象(AN INWARD IMPRESSION UPON THE HEART AND THE MIND)﹕聖靈在你心中給你的。

4 先知性的話語(A PROPHETIC WORD)﹕先知性的話語會在在你心中創造一個異象或夢﹐因為這是神所曉諭的﹐也因此﹐它具有創造性的話語大能﹐使之實現。

 

聖靈藉著約珥書2﹕28告訴我們﹕『以後﹐我要將我的靈澆灌凡有血氣的。你們的兒女要說預言﹐你們的老年人要作異夢﹐少年人要見異象。』

彼得在五旬節聖靈降臨的時候肯定了這個預言﹕『神說﹕在末後的日子﹐我要將我的靈澆灌凡有血氣的﹔你們的兒女要說預言﹐你們的少年人要見異象﹔老年人要作異夢。在那些日子﹐我要將我的靈澆灌我的僕人和使女﹐他們就要說預言。』(使徒行傳2﹕17-18)。

異象可以改變人心 

在前往大馬色的路上﹐一個異象把大數的掃羅轉變成使徒保羅﹐第一位偉大的世界性的宣教士﹐使他得到大能﹐馬上就開始宣『耶穌是神的獨生子』的信息。 

也是因為一個異夢﹐保羅被呼召到歐洲﹐因為他看到一個馬其頓人向他呼求﹕『到馬其頓來幫助我們。』所以﹐雖然他在腓立比遭受棍打﹐並被關進監獄﹐他仍然毫無畏懼的繼續宣講神的道。事實上﹐腓利比成為他起初的愛﹐他給他們的書信充滿了他對他們的愛﹐異象會讓你對某一個國家產生極大的愛。 

以前﹐我從來沒有想要去中國﹐坦白說﹐那時我有點怕中國人﹐但是﹐當我在多倫多唸聖經學校的的二年﹐神用預言和異象呼召我去中國的時候﹐祂在我心裡放了對中國人浩大的愛﹐我願意為中國擺上我所有的年月。從那以後﹐那個夢成為我生命的重心﹐它在1947年帶我到上海﹐使我能夠憑信心開始我的宣道工作到現在。

沒有夢﹐你不會有足夠的信心去忍受艱辛﹐也無法為神作祂要成就的事情﹐因為你會被自己的目光所限制。

 

選自: 看哪﹗那做夢的來了﹗

FROM: Behold, the Dreamer Cometh!  by Sister Gwen Shaw石桂林

Dreamer  

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“Behold, This Dreamer Cometh”
by Gwen Shaw
 
 

      “And when they saw Joseph afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him. And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh. Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.”

(Genesis 37:18-20)
 

      The world resents a “dreamer.” They hated Joseph because he saw wonderful things ahead of him, and he had faith that God would make all his dreams come to pass.

      It was Joseph’s dreams that got him into trouble, and it was his understanding of dreams that got him out of trouble and elevated him to Viceroy of Egypt.

      It takes courage to be a dreamer, because a dreamer has to go against the conventional, the status quo, the systems of man and the rules of society. He has to believe for what no one else has ever even thought of. He is a revolutionary, a rebel, a dissident, and because he is so different, the world sometimes thinks he is insane.

      A dreamer doesn’t give up easily. In fact, he usually NEVER gives up. He keeps on trying and trying until he either succeeds, or dies in the attempt. Only success or death can stop a real dreamer.

      A dreamer sees things in the spirit which man cannot see in the natural. But through seeing in the spirit he can, through faith, materialize it into the physical and natural. You can have anything that you are capable of dreaming for. All reality begins with a dream.

      It was Joseph’s dreams that made his brothers hate him. If he had just been an ordinary lad like they were, or, if he had kept his dreams to himself, he wouldn’t have made enemies. But it was his dreams that made them hate him, because they were jealous. They couldn’t dream, and they didn’t want him to dream either. So when they saw him coming, they said, “Here comes the master of the dreams!” (as one version gives it). They said this in contempt and mockery. And of course, that is what you will receive from the “non-dreamers” also. Nevertheless, dare to ask God to give you a dream!

 EVERY REVIVALIST WILL HAVE PERSECUTION 

      Why do revivals make good men jealous? When God anoints someone’s life and begins to use that person in a special way, we often see some of his best friends get jealous of him. Anyone whom God is going to use to bring revival in these days will soon find some of the people he most highly esteemed are fighting against him in a quiet and subtle way.

      At the turn of this century there was a young man by the name of Evan Roberts, who worked in the coal mines of Wales. He had a dream that God would send a great revival to Wales, so great that God would bar the gates of hell to Wales for one year and 100,000 souls would find Christ. By day, he worked in the mines, and at night he spent hours in prayer for that revival. He prayed so hard that his whole bed shook with the shakings of the Holy Spirit, as in the day of Pentecost, when “all the house was shaken.” In a God-given vision he saw that God had answered his prayer. He left his Bible school and went back home to Loughor. When he reached his home, he told his mother, “There will be a great change in Loughor in less than a fortnight. We are going to have the greatest revival that Wales has ever seen.”

      Roberts got permission from the elders of his church to minister to the young people. He preached on Zechariah 4:6, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” Seventeen young people were seated in that Fellowship Hall of the Moriah Chapel. The Holy Spirit fell upon them and there was weeping and shouting and confessing of sins. The meeting lasted until midnight. The town was shaken up by what was happening to their teenagers.

      The following night they gathered together again. That meeting never ended; it continued, day and night, until all of Wales was shaken by the power of God. People came from all over the United Kingdom, Europe, Russia, United States, the British Empire and the rest of the world to experience this great revival and take it back home with them. It was the flame that kindled the fires of Azusa Street, Los Angeles.

      God used that young man in such a mighty way, but some of his own country’s clergy were jealous of him and turned against him with great persecution, breaking his heart, and causing him to have a breakdown that led him to give up his ministry.

      Why is it that when God uses someone who is chosen by God, and not by man, people get suspicious of him, like they were of Roberts and John the Baptist? When God anointed John to preach and warn the people, the religious leaders gave him his greatest opposition. They thought, “If God is going to do something big, He will do it here in our Temple in Jerusalem, and not down there on the banks of that muddy Jordan.”

      But John had paid the price. He had seen the vision. He knew his calling, and he was bold enough to preach the Gospel that cost him his life. Anything worth living for is worth dying for.

 

A TWO THOUSAND YEAR OLD DREAM 

      For two thousand years, ever since the dispersion in 70 A.D., the Jews have prayed for, and believed, that they would return to the land God gave their father, Abraham. Three times a day in their prayers, the Jews pray for Israel. And every year, at Passover Time, they repeated their dream, “Next year in Jerusalem!”

      When the years went by and the dream seemed farther than ever away from being fulfilled, and the Jews of Europe began to assimilate with the Gentiles, their God raised up an Austrian Jew, and renewed this dream in his heart. His name was Theodor Herzl. He called out for his people to start dreaming again. They came together, and the struggle began. Righteous Gentiles caught his vision and tried to help the Jews make it come to pass. That is how Zionism was born. For a time, it seemed as though the dream could not be fulfilled. It was even suggested that the Jews accept Uganda as their homeland. But how could Uganda, Africa, ever become “The Land of Promise?” It had not been Uganda where Abraham had walked through the length and the breadth thereof, nor where Isaac dug his wells, nor where Jacob saw the ladder that reached to the sky.

      Again the years passed by, and the dream of a Judenstaat was unfulfilled. Yet, some courageous ones came to The Land of Promise, and with their last coins bought up portions of the swamps which would later become the great orchards and farms of the State of Israel.

      Then, one day in 1948, fifty years ago, David Ben Gurion stood up before the elders of the land and declared that Israel was a state. In that same hour, war began, as their enemies rose up against them with a force much greater than that of this infant state. But they did not succeed, nor will they ever, because God too has a dream. And His dream is to return Eretz Israel to His old friend, Abraham.

NEVER LET DIFFICULTIES CAUSE YOU TO LOSE YOUR DREAM

 

It is not enough to receive a dream. One must keep that dream alive in one’s heart every day, every night, every hour, every moment. And one must never allow the darkness and the trials of life to cause such discouragement that one loses his faith in its final fulfillment.

 

Even though Joseph was thrown in the pit, and suffered as a slave, was thrown into prison, and tested to the extreme, he kept his vision in his heart. If he had ever, even for one moment, given up, he would never have seen it fulfilled. Joseph went as far down as any man can go, but he also rose to greater heights than any man ever has in positions of power and honour.

 

When Joseph was a youth he was anxious to tell others his dreams. But when he became mature, he was able to listen as others told him about their dreams. Great men and women take time to hear what others see and hear. Great men and women know that they do not know it all. Your brother and your sister may have a vision which they need to share. They may need encouragement. Don’t “roll over them” with your own vision when they are opening their hearts to you. Listen to them. It could be that you might learn something from them also.

 

THE WORLD WOULD SOON BECOME DESOLATE WITHOUT A DREAMER

 

The original word for “vision” in Hebrew is chazown2377. It means “a mental sight, a dream, a vision, a revelation, an oracle, a prophecy.”

One of the greatest proverbs is, “Where there is no vision, the people perish...” (Proverbs 29:18).

 

In German it is “Wo kein Weisagung ist, wird das Volk wild und wust...”

It can be translated, “Where no vision is, the people will become wild and desolate, confused, depraved, vulgar, filthy, void.”

 

What a picture of much of humanity today! It is a picture of many of our inner cities, and also some of our most luxurious, wealthy and famous people. If we knew the sins and the miseries that are in the lives of the men and women in powerful positions in the political, religious, and entertainment world circles, and in the business and great industrial fields, we would be appalled. For many have sold their souls to the devil to reach the top. As a result, they become ruthless, though they outwardly appear to be gracious. They think nothing of walking over people to get what they want. They have a dream too, but it is not a dream from God; it is the result of not having God's dream, nor plan for their lives.

 

In the days of the Judges, when Samuel was a child, there was no open vision in Israel. That means there was no one with the Word of Prophecy to lead and guide the people in the ways of God. As a result the priesthood became depraved, vulgar, filthy and vile. This finally resulted in the Ark of the Covenant being captured by the Philistines where it was kept for many years, — all during the forty year reign of King Saul. Only after King David had the vision to bring it back to God’s people, did it come home again; and that cost him many great trials and heartaches.

 

There is a big difference between a dream and a scheme. We must be careful that we never let go of our dream or exchange it for a scheme.

 

FOUR KINDS OF VISIONS

1. OPEN VISION: It is given when one is fully awake.

2. NIGHT VISION: It is given when one is asleep.

3. AN INWARD IMPRESSION UPON THE HEART AND THE MIND: This is given by the Holy Spirit within us.

4. A PROPHETIC WORD: A word of prophecy can create a vision, or a dream in the heart because it is the oracle of God. And as such it has creative word-power that can make it come to pass.

 

The Holy Spirit says in Joel 2:28, “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:”

Peter confirms this on the Day of Pentecost when he says, “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:” (Acts 2:17-18)

 

A VISION WILL CHANGE A MAN'S HEART

 

It was the vision Saul of Tarsus had on the Road to Damascus that turned him into Paul, the first great World-Missionary and enabled him to immediately preach Christ in the synagogues, “that he is the Son of God.”

 

By a vision Paul heard the call to Europe, when in a night vision he saw the man of Macedonia calling to him, “Come over into Macedonia, and help us.” And although he suffered a severe beating and imprisonment in their city of Philippi, he was undaunted, and continued preaching there. In fact, it became the city of his first love. To them he wrote his most loving epistle. A vision will give you a great love for a nation.

 

I had never thought for a moment of going to China. In fact, I hate to confess that I was afraid of the Chinese people, and did not love them. But when God called me in a prophecy and vision to go to China while I was a young student in my second year of Bible School in the city of Toronto, He implanted such a great love for the Chinese people in my heart that I was ready to give China the rest of my life. That dream was what I lived for. It took me to Shanghai in 1947, where I was able, by faith, to begin a missionary career which has lasted until now.

Without a dream, you cannot have faith to endure hardships, nor to accomplish great things for God. You are limited by your ability to dream.

 

GREAT MEN WITH GREAT VISIONS GAVE THE WORLD GREAT GIFTS

 

Alexander Graham Bell, a Scottish American, had a dream that he believed it was possible to transmit speech by electric waves. People thought he was crazy. But today we speak to people around the world by picking up our telephone.

Marchese Guglielmo Marconi, an Italian American, had a dream that messages could be transmitted from one point to another. The first wireless message was transmitted in 1895. It was received one mile from where it was sent. But he kept on working on his dream, and in 1901 the first wireless message was transmitted by radio across the Atlantic.

 

Thomas Alva Edison had a dream that he could light up the world through an incandescent lamp called a light bulb, and also gave the world a song through the gramophone. Today hundreds of thousands of people can hear a man on a distant platform speak to them because of Edison’s microphone. The world would have been a much different place if Edison had not dreamed. When he perfected one dream, he went on to another, and another, and many more.

 

A couple of brothers by the name of Orville and Wilbur Wright owned a bicycle repair shop in the humble town of Dayton, Ohio. But they too had a dream — a dream that bicycles could be made to fly. Their first “bicycle” with wings “flew” less than a city block, but it flew! Today the mighty Boeing 737’s, 700’s and 800’s fly half way around the world without stopping to refuel. Some of them are so huge that one can hardly believe what one sees with his own eyes. And the flights can be so smooth that one can imagine he is in his own living room. The tea doesn’t even spill!

 

In Germany a man by the name of Karl Benz believed that the time had come when carriages could be made to move without horses. People thought he was crazy. But he had a dream, and in 1885 he invented the first horseless carriage. One year later, another German by the name of Gottlieb Damler had invented his own horseless carriage. Today the Mercedes Benz is still one of the finest cars on the markets, but it is expensive.

In America, a man by the name of Henry Ford said to himself, if they can make a carriage move without a horse in Germany, we can do it here too. But we need to make one that every man can afford. The first Model T Fords came off the assembly line in 1908. Soon, even women were driving these dangerous high-speed vehicles called “automobiles.” My husband’s mother, Olga, was one of the first women in Sacramento, California, to own and drive one of them. She left many people in shock as she “flew” by in her “Overland” at the break-neck speed of twenty-five miles an hour!

 

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