I was watching an old Smothers Brothers youtube the other day and they were singing the song “The Impossible Dream.” What struck me was the monologue that Tommy Smothers made. Normally Tommy is funny as he does outrageous things in the middle of songs that takes all of the seriousness out. Dick his brother was always the straight guy in the act. He would chastise Tommy for his outrageous statements. In this one however Tommy was making a lot of sense. He talked about our country and how that it was born of dreams by a few men. It was just a concept but they were determined to make it a reality. Through their dreams our country was born and has been the talk of the world for over 200 years.
From watching this Smothers Brothers song and skit I was inspired to write about the “Impossible Dream.” Still it felt like something was holding me back until this morning. Again I was watching an old youtube and this time it was from the old show Gomer Pyle USMC show. In this episode it became revealed how well Gomer could sing and they thought he would be perfect to sing an inspiring song for the marines at a big gathering. Gomer literally got so scared with the thought that he lost his voice. He could only whisper and he had to tell the organizers of the event that he wouldn’t be able to perform. Feeling really down he was sitting in an adjacent room with his head down. An old commanding officer happened to walk by and asked Gomer what was wrong? Gomer in his slow way explained his dilemma and how he wouldn’t be able to perform. The commanding officer was very straight and honest with Gomer. He couldn’t really feel sorry for Gomer but he did feel for his Sargent and all of the people that would miss his performance.
The officer went further. There happened to be a small statue of Abraham Lincoln with the words of the Gettysburg Address on the wall behind him. The officer mentioned the courage it took for Lincoln to write that. Gomer replied that he wasn’t a hero like Lincoln. The officer told him his definition of being a hero. “A hero is someone who knows what they are supposed to do and does it”. Gomer started reading the words to the Gettysburg Address in his raspy whisper. Suddenly a feeling of fearlessness must have resonated inside of him because his voice started becoming clearer until he had his full voice back! When Gomer saw the crowd you could tell he was scared. But he overcame his fears by proceeding to do what he was supposed to do! He had an amazing performance singing “To Dream The Impossible Dream!”
Now I know that it was just a TV show written by writers and played out on the screen. However there is something very true about the concept. Sometimes we are scared to carry out our dream. What if we fail? What if we lose whatever money that we have? What will other people think? The biggest thing that can keep us from our dreams are self made. They are our fears that something will go wrong. It’s time that we replace the fear with faith. It’s time to keep going forward in the midst of our fears. That is how we will have victory over the fear!
As we speak the Corona virus has caused a lot of fear and panic in our country and world. We have been told about things that we can do to stop the spread of the virus. This is the time that we need to step up and do what we are supposed to do in spite of our fears. This is the time for us to be heroes! I have a dream that there will be far less casualties than predicted. I dream that this whole episode will sometime soon be in our rear view mirror. Mark 11:24 states Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. I pray that this pandemic will soon be over and I ask you to pray it too! Believe in your heart and speak the words of faith and healing! Speak positivity and hope and let’s do all that we can to truly be heroes in a time of hurt.
To right the unrightable wrong
And to love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star
This is my quest
To follow that star
Ooh, no matter how hopeless
No matter how far
To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march, march into hell
For that heavenly cause
And I know
If I’ll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart
Will lie peaceful and calm
When I’m laid to my rest
And the world will be better for this
Oh, that one man, scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable, the unreachable
The unreachable star
Yeah, and I’ll always dream
The impossible dream
Yes, and I’ll reach
The unreachable star