Hope Devotional - Dream Return to previous page
Author: Blaine Bartel

He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.
Ecclesiastes 11:4

A young boy was badly burned on the lower half of his body while unsuccessfully trying to save his little brother’s life during a school fire. Doctors said he would never walk again. Every day he would sit on the front porch watching the children run and play. Determined to walk again, he pulled himself out of his wheelchair, dragged himself to the fence, and dragged his body the distance of the fence and back as his lifeless leg hung limp.

Eventually, feeling began to return to his leg and he was able to walk to school. Then he ran to school. He later joined the college track team. Eventually this young man named Glen Cunningham became the first human in recorded history to break the four-minute mile.

This young boy made no excuses. He pushed himself hard. And eventually he achieved his dream. You can too.

Commitment Prayer

Father in heaven, no obstacle is too big for You. With Your strength, I pursue the dream You have given me and I cannot fail, in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Blaine Bartel, Oneighty® Devotional (Tulsa: Harrison House Publishers, copyright 2003.)