By Dr. Daniel R. Stahl

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago,” Ephesians 2:10.

There was a movie released a few years ago called, A Knight’s Tale. One of the main characters, William Thatcher, played by the late Heath Ledger, grew up as a child in poverty in Europe during the time of kings, knights, feudal castes, and combatant sporting events. He dreamed of being a knight. One of the early scenes of the movie shows the young lad trying to find a vantage point to get a glimpse of the royal knights gallantly parading into town with the common people lined up on both sides of the road cheering on their heroes.

The young lad finds his father who has secured a visual vantage point for his son to fill his heart with dreams when the son declares, “Someday, I’m going to be a knight!” The vantage point secured by the lad’s father just happened to be next to stock post where a man was forced to stand with his neck and arms protruding through holes that served as temporary imprisonment and punishment for some crime he had committed. This man from his confinement replies to the young lad, “Boy, you cannot change your stars!”

Confronted with the dream stealing words from a shackled and defeated man, he looks back up to his father and humbly asks, “Is that true father, can a man change his stars?” Wisely and with a hope-filled heart for his young son, he said, “Yes son, a man can change his stars.” There will always be those walking in defeat, chained and shackled by their own failures who want you to live your life by their experiences. They are not our standard or model.

Be glad that there is the love of a Father who is always trying to lift our hearts and expectations to believe for greater and higher things. We need to let His Word be the fuel that ignites our hearts, rekindles our dreams, faith, and vision for our future.