From the time that I was young, I have always been a dreamer. Growing up in remote rural Western Washington, many of those dreams were about days long ago. I grew up in a family of avid readers. My favorites were the pocket westerns. They are all the same, but I loved them anyway. Bad guys bully good people, the hero comes to the rescue, and everything turns out well in the end as the hero rides off into the sunset.

Some things never change. My favorite books to read for pleasure currently are written by William Johnstone. He writes stories of the mountain men who basically follow the same plot.

When the stories tell of remote areas and picturesque views I can always capture them in my imagination. I have had the luxury of both living in and traveling through some absolutely breathtaking scenery. Growing up out in the hills, our property bordered thousands of square miles of remote wilderness. Some areas are just too beautiful to even begin to describe. The Cascade Mountains, the Olympic Rain Forest, the Rockies and the Tetons. The Appalachians, the Smoky Mountains, Shenandoah Valley, the Blue Mountains and the Adirondacks. We have some stunning places across this great country. Some areas are not remote, but they offer idyllic scenery. Places like the Oregon Coast or New Hampshire in the fall. Few views are as stunning as traveling the Skyline Drive when the leaves turn color.

Today, as I lay in bed waiting for my alarm to go off, I listened to the ducks chatter. There are several broods of ducklings that spend considerable time around the point in Potato Patch Lake. I heard a raven fussing about something, and an eagle cry out of sheer joy. As I stepped out onto our porch this morning on my way to the office, I watched the fishermen heading out across Mission Bay for another day’s adventure. There is nothing more exhilarating than the realization that I have the opportunity to live and serve in this great place we call Kodiak.

Joseph was a dreamer, too. His dreams got him in trouble with his brothers, got him sold into slavery, and even landed him in jail. But if you’ve read the story, you know that what his brothers intended for evil, God used for good. He became an important person, rising to the No. 2 position in Egypt. His dreams came true, his brothers bowed down to him, and they served him.

My dreams have come true, also. I get to live in this great place and serve a mighty God. And the reality is, that God wants to share that joy with everyone. He wants to fill your heart with dreams, and then help you live them.

The scripture tells us in 2 Corinthians 9:8, “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” I hope that’s as true for you as it is for me.

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