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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

"No Limits" - Pastor Cindy's Devotional - August 9, 2017 - Mike Powers, Guest Writer

Hello, Friends!

Here's a question for you.  Does anyone dream anymore? Not just the sleeping sort of dreams but the kind of dreams that send us forward?  Do people dream about a better world?  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said: "I have a dream that my four little children will someday live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."  A big dream.  Does anyone have those sorts of dreams anymore? That sort of dream is fueled by hope and faith and a vision that sounds a lot like the kind of kingdom Jesus described.  Do we still dream like that?

I do.  And I hope you do.  Call me a fool, but I don't think God is done with us.  This seems like an incredibly hopeful time to me.  I want to dream with the people of West Des Moines United Methodist Church.  We have sticky notes laying around at the church.  If you are a dreamer, write your name on a note and put it on my door.  If you know a dreamer, nominate them and write their name on a note and put it on my door.  If you have a dream, write it on a note and put it on my door.  We will gather up the dreams and the dreamers and see what sort of future is ahead.

Mike Powers is dreaming and he has written today's midweek.

“No Limits” by Mike Powers

 A few weeks ago I walked into my office and someone had written the following question on a large white board on a wall, “What one thing would you do if you knew you could not fail?” The question remained on that white board for several days and was finally erased. But it has lingered in my mind.

An opportunity to achieve without fail would be a rare and precious gift. Not one to be squandered on something that is not meaningful. The question forces one to identify and prioritize what is important to them. The question also prompts a person to expand their thinking as to what is possible if there were no insurmountable barriers to success. To dream without the constraints of limitations.

That is a sobering prospect. To some extent, by believing that there are limits to what is possible, we acclimate ourselves to the status quo and don’t spend the time to consider what could be achieved if change could occur. Perceived limitations can restrain change but they can also shield us from confronting what our priorities would be if anything were possible.

With the arrival of Pastor Cindy and the great field of energy and enthusiasm that surrounds her, this is an opportune time for each of us to consider what is our dream for West Des Moines United Methodist Church? If we knew that we could not fail, what do you want the church to achieve?

As I speak with members of the church, my sense is there is a renewed spirit of optimism and positivity about our future. It is a new day and we all need to think expansively about what we should be doing. How can our church make a meaningful difference? Everyone has a role here. What is your dream for the church?

In coming weeks, we will be having this conversation as a church family. Be bold in your thinking as the Holy Spirit will be our ally in this process. Jesus said, “For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26 NRSV)
Mike Powers

I can’t wait to see what happens.
Wherever you are, whatever you are facing in life, I hope you are dreaming of a better world.  I am certain God delights in our dreams and is ready to help them come true.

Every blessing,

Pastor Cindy

Pastor Cindy Hickman
West Des Moines United Methodist Church
720 Grand Avenue
West Des Moines Iowa 50265
Visit us at wdmumc.org or like us on Facebook

This week at West Des Moines United Methodist Church:
This Sunday we continue our sermon series, “In the Beginning?”.  David was called by God to lead the nation of Israel.  David did not look like the right person for the job.  What did God see that others didn’t see?  Read 1Samuel 16:1-13 to prepare and next Sunday we will talk about it!  Something new is always beginning.

West Des Moines UMC Disciples at the Fair!  Keep our disciple crew at our state fair stand in your prayers!  We are the church, even as we serve up biscuits and gravy!

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