Wasn’t it easy as a kid, to dream big? Your whole life was in front of you and anything was possible. Becoming an astronaut, a dancer, a singer, a mom, the President, seeing the world…it all seemed possible just by the very fact that we stated it so. We may attain some of those childhood dreams while letting go of others. As we grow, new dreams and possibilities make themselves known.
The Giver of Dreams
God has given each of us talents and desires to pursue. Some of those talents we may have always known we had, while others unfold and are shown to us as we move through life. God is the giver of dreams and wants us to reach for them.
Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine, according to his power that is a work within us.”
Whoa! How cool is that? We have a God who is able. We have a God who knows our dreams and has dreams for us. We have a God who is willing to work with us, when we ask his Spirit to work in us.
We Put Up Our Own Roadblocks
What is it that often holds us back in life? Others? God? Most likely, it’s us. We allow dreams to perish and big ideas to fall by the wayside. Others may say to us, “Who are you to think you can do THAT?” But we are the ones who take those words and believe them. We are the ones that allow life to become uninspiring and begin aimlessly drifting.
Sometimes I look at older people’s faces. Youth can hide a lot, but as people age, how they think about life can be read on their faces. Permanent frowns, scowls, furrowed brows and angry eyes are worn by those who, long ago, lost sight of dreams and allowed life to become bitter. Maybe someone once said to them, “Who are you to think you can do THAT?” And the sad thing is, maybe they believed it.
God’s big, so dream big.
Yolanda DeLoach (@YolandaDeLoach) is a member of Wesley UMC and through her writing, tries to remind herself to keep life light.