Can I make a confession? I have a God-sized dream buried deep in my heart.
It has been there as long as I can remember, but I’ve only recently gained the courage to give voice to it.
Maybe you do, too. Maybe you have a dream so big that you keep it tucked safely away where this world of disappointments can’t touch it.
I’m reminded of a movie I watched a few years ago, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton (don’t laugh!). In this movie, one of the main characters (Pete) is secretly in love with the female lead (Rosalee). And the wise bartender challenges him to go after her. Here’s part of their exchange:
Pete: I’ve tried everything.
Angelica: What did she say when you told her that you love her?
Pete: Well, actually, maybe not everything, but…
Angelica: What did she say when you kissed her?
Pete: OK, maybe it’s more like two things I haven’t tried.
Angelica: Well, what have you tried?
Pete: I have very unsubtly implied how I feel about her.
Aren’t we a lot like Pete sometimes? We have this dream. A dream so big that it fills our hearts with longing, and we just have to follow after it.
But we can’t.
Fear holds us back. Doubt and insecurity hold us back. Feelings of inadequacy hold us back.
Because, if we don’t try, we can’t fail.
But God says we are more than conquerers in Christ Jesus. If God planted this dream in your heart, He will equip you to carry it out. He will finish the work He started, and help you conquer it.
But you have to put one foot in front of the other. Take the first step, and then another.
Maybe you’re more like me and stuck in that waiting place of only hinting at your dream. Waiting for your children to grow up, for more education, until you’ve perfected your life or your faith. Maybe you’re waiting for an elusive state of being “good enough”.
Dr. Seuss has a great description of the waiting place in his classic “O, The Places You Will Go,” and it’s a place to be escaped and avoided.
I have to interject here that there are times when waiting is a good thing. Sometimes it’s God telling us to wait for His perfect timing, or so that He can prune, and grow us. So that He can prepare us.
Other times, God might be changing our hearts to make room for another dream. And in these cases, letting go (at least for now) is the best thing we can do. His word says He will give us the desires of our hearts if we delight in Him, but sometimes only He knows what will truly satisfy our souls.
Sometimes our waiting is caused by fear. And God’s word tells us that He has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and a sound mind.
What would it look like if we started pursuing our God-given dreams with power instead of fear?
I’m not talking about trying to force something to happen outside of God’s will. I’m talking about being faithful, taking reasonable action, and persevering through obstacles. Being willing to press on toward the goal that God has given us for our lives, and allowing Him to finish the work He started, whatever that may be.
Do you have a dream that is yet unfulfilled? What steps can you take to get closer to achieving it? What’s holding you back?
Crystal Brothers is a daughter of the one true king, wife to a forest ranger, and homeschooling mama to 2 rambunctious little boys. She is also a dreamer of God-sized dreams and blogs at Serving Joyfully, a place where her desire is to encourage women in faith, homemaking, and motherhood. Visit her blog, Serving Joyfully.