It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood
A beautiful day for a neighbor
Would you be mine
Could you be mine…

Many of you grew up watching Mr. Rogers neighborhood each and every day. I remember as a little kid we watched it every day in Kindergarden. I remember hearing the theme song while Mr. Rogers changed into his sneakers and sweater. It’s amazing to think what an impact this show has made, and how many people have grown up with this apart of their childhood.

Did you know that Mr. Rogers neighborhood began airing in 1968, and continued with new episodes until 2001? For thirty three years Fred Rogers devoted his life to pouring into the lives of children everywhere. As corny as we may think the show is now as adults, as kids we learned a great deal from the neighborhood. 

As much of an icon as the show has become, the show almost didn’t even exist. Early in his career, Fred Rogers quit work for NBC because he wanted to work with public television so that sponsors and advertisers didn’t have all the control of the content. Walking away from such a major broadcast company meant that Rogers would have to fund his programming. That step showed the passion he had to do something great.

The video I posted is actual footage of Fred Rogers sharing his vision, passion, and dream for Mr. Rogers Neighborhood before the Senate. It was in that very moment that the future of the show would be decided. The man Fred was sharing his vision with was not familier with Rogers programming, and as you could see in the video was a very hard man. However, the passion Fred had for the children and his show was clearly seen by the chairman.

The chairman said Rogers had given him goosebumps, and the most important words, “It looks like you just earned the 20 million.” In that very moment, the future of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood was locked in place.

I just had to share this story with you because it encouraged me. Some of you are living with God given dreams inside of you and are possibly sitting in the same chair as Fred Rogers. Your looking fate in the eye and pouring your heart and soul out just praying it’s going to happen. You could be content with the normal but your vison and heart is pulling you to greater things. I say go for the greater things. Chase the God given dreams that are inside of you. 

Erma Bombeck (author) said, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, I used everything you gave me.” I want this to be the same for my life as well. God use me and use me up. I commit my ways to you (Proverbs 16:3)

So today, be encouraged about the plans that God has for your life (Jeremiah 29:11). Chase those big dreams. Dare to dream with your eyes wide open. Don’t settle for less. And don’t let the dissapointments, hurts, and confusion of life keep you from your destiny!

“It looks like you just earned the 20 million!”

Brandon Matthews

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