“Do you have a bucket list?”
My 11 year old daughter asked me this on our way to church Sunday morning. I thought about it for a second.
“No. I guess I don’t. Why? Do you?”
“Of course I do! This week I’ve added something new. I want to learn how to fly an airplane.”
Emily’s ability to dream big dreams amazes me. The other day she sketched out a drawing of her bedroom—one that included French doors and a balcony. Showing it to us, she said:
“It’s all I want for my birthday and Christmas!” Emily has an incredible gift for seeing the possibility beyond the obstacles.
This isn’t something that comes naturally for me, but the longer I live the more I realize how important it is to dream. In the past, I’ve felt like dreaming was impractical. It’s comfortable to live in the here and now. It’s safe to address today alone. I wouldn’t want to worry about tomorrow, right? I wouldn’t want to get my hopes up by dreaming big.
What about you? Do you have a bucket list? Do you dream big? Or do you play it safe, staying in your comfort zone?
Being comfortable isn’t all bad when you’re doing what you are called to do. But, as Lysa Terkeurst writes, “…comfort zones don’t have to be comfortable—they’re just familiar. It’s where you feel like you belong. And where you come to believe you belong is where you will stay.”
What if we allow ourselves to dream God-sized dreams? What if we are willing to take chances and live life beyond the familiar?
There is something about this way of life that is starting to appeal to me. I see it in the lives of my friends Jennifer, Angela, Jodi, and Joanna. I see it in the lives of my parents. It’s a willingness to push beyond your current reality and see something more—a God-given dream that is waiting to become a reality.
How Can We Dream God-Sized Dreams?
- Let go of the comfort zones that are keeping you stagnate.
- Take chances beyond what’s familiar.
- Commit to a course of action.
- Have confidence in the promises of God.
Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. (Hebrews 10:35-36 ESV)
How will you commit to dreaming God-sized dreams today?