Sometimes I daydream about losing another ten pounds, or maybe fifteen or twenty. Thirty might be a little too much. On the other hand, who would not want his doctor to say, “I think you need to gain a little weight?” No doctor I have had in my entire life has ever said such a thing. I am not sure the one I have now even knows how to string those particular words together in that order. Even when I was two minutes old and weighed six pounds eight ounces the doctor wouldn’t say it, and that was probably his last chance in this lifetime. But still, a girl can dream, can’t she?
When you stop and think about it, there are a lot of words we often dream about hearing, and many of them we eventually do.
“Will you go out with me?”
“Will you marry me?”
“It turned blue.”
“It’s a boy.”
“You’re going to be a grandmother.”
“He’s here, grandma!”
Words can be precious. They can change your life in an instant. Just wanting to hear certain words can change your life because you suddenly realize you won’t hear them if you don’t change it.
There are many things I may never hear, especially, “You need to gain some weight.” But if I really put my mind to it, I could. If I changed my lifestyle drastically, I could. It just depends on how much I really want it. Dreaming alone won’t get it.
There are some words that are worth a drastic lifestyle change. They are worth the loss of pride involved in self-examination and the humility of admitting wrong and repenting. They are worth losing family, friends and status. Some have even thought they were worth losing their lives for. Dreaming that I have the faith and steadfastness to do those things won’t get me those words, but if I really want to hear them, I can. They make take that drastic lifestyle change, but they are worth losing it all, because in the losing you gain everything.
“Well done, good and faithful servant…enter into the joy of the lord.”
Tell the righteous that it shall be well with them for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds. Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, for what his hands have dealt out shall be done unto him. Isa 3:10,11.