So this evening I learned something new about my dad. Something even my mom had never heard. Something to me bittersweet, but to them overall good.

After supper we had apple crisp and stayed in the dining room chatting. The topic of pine trees surfaced, and my dad opened up about his long-time dream. He said he’s always dreamed of building a cabin and being there with his family, and his dog.

“You have a dog?” my aunt asked jokingly. We haven’t for several years. I never knew he actually wanted one.

My dad continued that his dream was the reason he purchased land and started working on it. Soon after getting married, my parents started buying five acres on the county border.

He would leave behind their gas-guzzling Impala and ride his bicycle to the property, where he would work the land. There he dug an immense area for an underground greenhouse. He also planted 50 strawberry plants and 100 pine trees. One night he got home after 11 and had my mom worried; he explained he had worked by moonlight.

What he said next hit me hard. He said that they gave that up when they moved to Greenfield and he started into the ministry.

Somehow that touched me deeply: our young father with adventurous dreams giving them up to follow God’s plans for his life.

I felt somewhat sad, but my parents showed no regrets.

My dad, well, he acknowledged that was a dream of his, but said God had something better for him, and still does. And my mom said, “I wouldn’t trade the life that we’ve had for some property.”

My dad referenced Jesus’ words to His Disciples: “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.” (Matthew 19:29, NKJV)

It can be hard to give up dreams for God, but it’s worth it – He’s worth it! Am I willing to trade my ideas for His? Are you willing to surrender everything for Him? His rewards are beyond comprehension.

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