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S SCRIPTURE: GENESIS 39:2

The Lord was with Joseph and he prospered.

In 1930, two young brothers named Dick and Maurice McDonald moved from New Hampshire to California to pursue the American dream of becoming successful. After a few failed ventures, they struck gold when they opened a small drive-in restaurant. By the mid-1950’s, their annual revenue hit $350,000, and the brothers split $100,000 in profits.

You may be surprised to know the rest of the story. In 1954, a man by the name of Ray Kroc came into the picture. Ray Kroc saw the potential that the brothers did not see. In 1961, Kroc bought the exclusive rights to McDonald’s for the sum of 2.7 million dollars. Now with more than 30,000 local restaurants serving nearly 50 million people in more than 119 countries each day, the rest of the story is history.

Many Christians often look to Joseph as the role model for dreaming big, but his dreams really came from God. God was the source of the dreams that eventually caused him to be shunned by his brothers and sold to slave traders bound for Egypt. After a brief stint as the house steward of a wealthy man, he was falsely accused of violating the man’s wife and ended up in prison. While in prison, Joseph interpreted the dreams of two former palace officials of Pharaoh. By accurately interpreting their dreams, Joseph was called upon to interpret a dream of Pharaoh and thus became second in command of all of Egypt! The dream of God for his life had come to pass, but it took a different path than what he thought.

If the truth be known, many of us stop short of the dream of God for our life because we give up too early. We go through a tough time, we become impatient, or we may question if we really heard from God.

If this is you, be encouraged, God is with you. Remember, He is the dream giver for our lives. He will not forget you.

What is the dream of God for your life? What obstacles have you had to overcome?

T THINK record your observations from the verse(s) above

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E ENGAGE personalize how you will apply the verse(s) to your life

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P PRAYER

Lord, thank You. You know my life and its path. You have put dreams in my heart and I will trust in You they will come to pass in Your perfect timing. I pray for my church, as we pursue our Godgiven dream to the fullest potential by making a difference in our community, this region, and the world. Amen!