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D-Day Prayer June 6, 1944
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"This is what the Lord says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, and ask where the good way is, and walk in it. You will find rest for your soul."
Jeremiah 6:16 NIV

"The Old Jalopy"

     Over the years as America has grown into the most successful and prosperous nation in the world, there has been an attitude here that is so impressive. It is the attitude that refuses to believe that something can't be done; that some obstacle or problem cannot be overcome.

     We're kind of like the country boy who was speeding down the road in his home-made jalopy and passed a couple of auto execs. They couldn't believe their eyes so they drove to catch him. When they did, they asked him where he got the car,

"I made it", he said.

"Well, just what kind of fuel does it run on?"

He said, "I dunno...somethin' my pappy made up".

"Yeah, but what kind of gas mileage do you get"?

"About 175 miles".

"No", they said, "not to the tank...to the gallon".

"That is to a gallon".

The auto execs screamed back, "A 175 mile to a gallon...that's impossible...you can't do that".

The country boy slumped way down in his seat, "gosh fellas, I'm sorry....I didn't know that".

     You see, we Americans have refused to believe that something just can't be done.

     But, where does it all begin - this idea - this belief? It all begins with a dream - The American Dream.

     It has been said that nothing much happens without a dream. And for something really great to happen, it takes a really great dream.

     Famous author, Tom Clancy, takes this idea even further. He says that: "Nothing is as real as a dream. Your world can change but your dream will not. Responsibilities will not erase it and duties cannot obscure it. Because when a dream is within you, no one can take it away".

    "But", you say, "we're not talking about dreams here...we're talking about achievements, accomplishments".

     Well, do dreams have anything to do with achievement? You bet they do. You show me somebody who doesn't dream about the future and I'll show you someone who doesn't know where he's going. It may, at first, be a small dream, but dare to dream - then just see what it can become.

     Two men had a simple dream of making $75 per week. They started a business and sold just one product served 31 different ways. Today Baskin-Robbins ice cream is a dream come true for them - and for ice cream lovers everywhere.

     When you visit Thomas Jefferson's home in Virginia, you will see a house full of musical instruments, dinosaur bones, gadgets and inventions he himself invented. You see, Thomas Jefferson was not just an Orator, a Legislator and our President; he was also a dreamer. In fact, you might say that our United States, a nation free from the bondage and rule of a king or a dictator, was Thomas Jefferson's dream.

     But, it's not enough just to dream. Dreams must be followed up by actions.

It was John F Kennedy who said: "Things do not just happen - things are made to happen". 

John Goddard said: "Some people wait so long for their ship to come in that their pier collapses".

     Think about it. The bible never mentions the dreams or intentions of the apostles. But, there is an entire book called the Acts of the Apostles. It is a book full of what the Apostles and God – did. And their unbelievable achievements were the results of an undying dedication...and their actions.

     It's really quite simple - if you want milk, you don't sit with a bucket in the middle of the field and wait for a cow to back up to you - you go and milk the cow.