When was the last time you chased a dream?
My daughter loves to imagine fantastic scenarios, often saying things like, “What if I could turn into a cat?”, or “I want to invent a car that flies.”
I almost always have the same reaction. I listen, respond with “Wow, that’d be awesome!”, and then start listing all of the reasons she couldn’t do it.
There would be no harm in me just listening and encouraging her. So, why do I feel compelled to snap her back to reality, to suppress her imagination and her desire to wonder? At what point did I give up dreaming?
I suspect I left dreaming in the dust as life experiences created a fear of failure. Or perhaps I shelved my passions believing I don’t have the education, the skill, grit, determination, the “right” whatever to do anything “big” or make a difference?
But, scads of Bible verses assert that we can do anything, right?! And there are countless accounts in Scripture of “nobodies” doing incredible things, so why do we doubt when it comes to our own lives?
Ah, but I’m overlooking a very important detail, aren’t I? Not one of the “nobodies” in the Bible accomplished incredible feats alone. They accomplished them with God—through His power at work in them.
In Ephesians 3, Paul gives glory to God “who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”
So, yes, we can do anything…. anything that’s initiated and empowered by Christ!
God, the limitless inventor of creativity and imagination, wants us to dream—to dream big! Not by chasing wildly after whatever our heart desires, assuming because we want it, He must certainly want it for us too. But, to approach Him humbly, asking that He’ll reveal the dreams He has for us, the plans He laid out long before we were born, the mountains He created us to move. I guarantee, He’s been longing for us to ask.
Have you forgotten how to dream? Or gave up after you experienced disappointment? Ask God to help you rediscover childlike wonder as you learn to live Wholly Loved.
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