On March 36, 2010, premature twins were born to Kate and David Ogg of Sydney, Australia. The girl, Emily, was strong, but the boy, Jamie, wasn't making it. After 20 minutes of work by the medical team, Jamie was pronounced dead. "The doctor said it was no use," Kate told a reporter.
But then Kate asked to do one more thing. She requested to be able to hold her unresponsive infant. "We'd resigned ourselves to the fact that we were going to lose him, and we were just trying to make the most of those last precious moments," she said in an interview. Kate and David held their tiny son skin to skin, and talked to him, telling him about his name and his sister and how hard they had tried to have him. Miraculously, Jamie gasped, started breathing, and then reached for his father's finger.
Today, the twins are 8. Not long ago, Emily was told the story of her brother's birth. "Emily burst into tears," her mother said. "She was really upset and kept hugging Jamie."
Jamie is alive today, and Emily has a twin brother, because Kate Ogg didn't give up when the doctors said hope was gone. Instead, she embraced the child that represented years of dreaming, and pulled him close to her heart. She named all the ways he was important to her.
We can learn from this. Maybe it's not something physical, like a child, but we can take that dream that's dying out, and hold it close to our heart once more. We can remember all the reasons it moved us for so long. We can rekindle the flame of hope, and make another effort.
Here are some practical ways to revive your dream.
1. List all the times in the past when things have worked out. This gives you the hope that things can work out this time too.
2. Pray and remember how good and powerful the Lord is.
3. Hold the dream close to your heart and name all the ways it is important and meaningful to you.
4. Let this renewed motivation propel you towards making another effort to work towards your dream.
There's a Bible story about a widow who appealed to the prophet Elijah when her son died. Elijah also went "skin to skin," (with clothes on) to save this young man's life. "Then (Elijah) stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried out to the Lord, 'Lord my God, let this boy’s life return to him!' The Lord heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived." (I Kings 17:21-22)
What is inspirational about this story is that, evidently, the boy didn't revive after Elijah's first efforts. No, Elijah had to lay on him two more times before the boy came to life.
Elijah didn't give up, and neither should you. There is much reason for faith, and to keep your dream alive.
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