“If your dream doesn’t scare you, it’s too small.” – Mark Batterson, Chasing the Lion
As a youngster, did you dream about the things you wanted to accomplish when you grew up? Did you dream of an adventurous job? How about finding prince charming and raising perfect children? Did you want to climb the corporate ladder, or teach, or defend the innocent, or fight crime? We’ve all pretended to woo an imaginary crowd as they cheered wildly about our eye-popping performance. We imagined and we dreamed, and then … we woke up.
Fear and inhibitions may have kept you from living your dream. Maybe you wanted to begin a ministry, be a missionary, feed the poor, or rescue the oppressed. You believed you lacked the talent, resources, or the right connections to help you succeed. Your dream didn’t come quickly or easily so you gave up.
Maybe it’s time we turn our dreams inside out. Instead of focusing solely on the finished product, perhaps we should take a glance and draw courage from the tangled threads holding our dream together:
- Memorable moments of inspiration
- Wrong turns that taught us a lesson
- Criticism that brought about change
- Pain and hardship that made us stronger.
God tugs on each of these threads at just the right time to weave His purposes through our dreams. He prepares us to humbly receive our dream. He who began a good dream in us will see it through to completion to help others see His life-giving glory rather than our own.
Mark Batterson in Chasing the Lion reminds each one of us of the church’s role in creating a better culture through our pursuit of dreams:
“Too often the church complains about culture instead of creating it. The energy we spend on criticism is being stolen from creativity. It’s sideways energy. We need fewer commentators and more innovators. I try to live by Michelangelo’s maxim: criticize by creating. Quit complaining about what’s wrong, and do something that makes a difference!
Write a better book.
Start a better business.
Create a better product.
Run a better campaign.
Draft a better bill.
Produce a better movie.”
Others have most likely primed our dream-catching pump. Enter into someone else’s dream and help them fulfill a dream within a dream. There will always be those who travel behind us who will benefit from our dreams. It’s my theory that God will help us achieve our dreams when we help others achieve theirs.
So go ahead.
Honor the ones who’ve paved your way, and lend a hand to those behind.
” I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 1:5-6