3 Thoughts on Dreaming Big
When the God of the universe is on your side, make your dreams big for His kingdom.
I would agree with C.S. Lewis when he states, “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak…” Sometimes we put God into a box, but our God is so beyond our comprehension. In life, many times we settle for less than what God has intended for us.
I want people to look back on my life and see God’s hand all over it. I want to live a life in-over-my-head, totally relying on God. What dream is so big that only God could accomplish it? As D.L. Moody says, “If God is your partner, you can make your plans big.”
What big dreams has God put on your heart for the kingdom? Here are three thoughts on dreaming big.
1. Pray Big
A lot of the time, we don’t get because we don’t ask. This is common in both our prayer life and our life in general. James 4:2 states “you do not have because you do not ask.” It’s almost as if God is just waiting to give us blessing after blessing, if only we will ask in accordance to His will. If only we will humble ourselves enough to realize that He is the provider of our needs.
Until you ask, the answer is no. It’s so important to ask God for more and to pray to God in accordance to His will. In fact, we can even approach God with confidence, knowing that he hears our prayers. In Hebrews 4:16, it says that we can “with confidence draw near to the throne.” God also richly rewards us when we pray with faith. Matthew 21:22 states “whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
2. Dare Greatly
In Brene Brown’s book Daring Greatly, she asks two questions that are mind blowing. The two questions are, “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” and “What’s worth doing even if you fail?” These questions cause you to reflect on what the fear of failure is keeping you from doing, and then to figure out how to conquer it. So, what is driving your actions— The fear of failure or the fear of not reaching your full potential?
Brown also discusses in the book that shame and the lack of vulnerability are two of the biggest things that hold us back in life. She talks about how shame is different from guilt. Guilt moves you into making a needed change. Shame, however, just weighs you down. We all know how it feels to be weighed down by something. We know what it is to feel alone and stuck in your circumstances. It’s not a desirable feeling. Everyone has shame, but the less we talk about it, the more power it has in our lives. That is why it’s so important to be vulnerable with others.
3. Have Huge Faith
I often think about what impresses God. I think one thing God is very impressed by is big faith. In the Bible, He richly rewards people who have great faith. For example, in Luke chapter seven, the centurion had so much faith that he believed that Jesus only had to say the word and his servant would be healed. After that, Jesus remarks that He hasn’t seen such faith even in Israel.
In a split moment after achieving something big, you have a realization that it was all worth it. All the pain and hard work it took to get there all seems so small now. Another defining moment is when you look back and wonder why you were so afraid at the start, or why you didn’t take the leap of faith sooner.
So many things in life are weighing us down and, many times, we have more thoughts of doubt than we do thoughts of belief. But what would happen if you did achieve the crazy big dream you were dreaming of? Isn’t even the smallest possibility of that happening worth all of the effort? I believe so. Even hoping for and believing in the change you wish to see in the world gives you motivation to keep working at it. Faith is motivating because it sees the possibility rather than the obstacles.
Part of dreaming big for the kingdom of God is coming to God more often in prayer. We can come to God with confidence and request more according to His will, knowing perfectly well that He hears us.
Combat shame by being vulnerable. Identify your mindset towards risk-taking. Do you act out of the fear of failure or the fear of not reaching your full potential?
Lastly, have great faith. Know that even the smallest possibility of something happening is worth all the effort you may put into it.
What’s driving your actions? The fear of failure or the fear of not reaching your full potential?
What would you ask God for if you believed He could do more than you could ever hope for or imagine?
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