How Big Are Your Dreams?
Recently, I facilitated a women’s group dealing with their pasts and changes that heal for their future. The group was great. In all of my years of working with groups, dealing with women, and leading people toward areas of healing in their lives, this is the first group where the “light went on” for every member.
I love to give homework. One of the assignments I gave was to have the women write down their biggest dream and list the top five fears they had in accomplishing their dream. I figured the hardest part of my homework would not be listing their fears, but coming up with a dream that was big enough to fail. As expected, the women came in the following week with exciting, but obtainable dreams. My reply to each of them was, “You’re dreams are not big enough. Go back and do your homework assignment over.” They looked at me as though I spoke a strange language. I explained that there dreams were safe and easily obtainable, therefore not big enough.
You see, we are often afraid or simply don’t know how to dream big dreams because we have learned not to. Our lives, especially baby boomers, have become sources of safety, contentment, and comfort. When those things are making our lives work (which they really aren’t), the idea of dreaming or desiring something that might not come true is too much to bear. Hate it or appreciate it, we don’t want to hope for something that might not happen.
Instead, we settle for the easy, obtainable, and small things that we can control by a good effort. I am certainly not downing anyone for moving toward an obtainable goal. However, I want to challenge you to dream dreams that are big enough to fail. Only those dreams will change your life, greatly impact the lives of others, and make a dent in this crazy and mixed up world.
Has God placed a dream or vision on your heart? You know it’s from Him but you just can’t see how you can be the one he chose or the one to accomplish such a big thing. Maybe, you have always dreamed of owning a certain type of business or ministry but all you can see are obstacles and areas that you are lacking. Question: If the dream is from God, what gave you the impression that he expected YOU to get it done? If you are passionate about writing that book, starting that business, moving on that vision, why would you expect the road to be easy?
Anybody can hope for and obtain the easy and obtainable. I challenge you to do what the majority of people refuse and fear doing: dream big and hold on to it as though it were you final breath. If the road is hard, you question yourself, you’re afraid, you lack direction, you realize that it is going to take a miracle in order for the dream to happen, then you’re starting to dream the right kind of dreams.
The people you talk about and admire are those who have persevered when things got tough and chose to rely on God’s ability to do instead of their lack of ability or credibility. You can do this! Hang in there.
Dream Madly, Pursue Wildly, Trust Completely
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