I scribbled down notes from Ms. Jentzen’s sophomore psychology class. Copying the triangle diagram of Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, I paused to assess where I’d land on it. At 16 years old, I decided I wanted to be self-actualized—to strive toward being the best I can be.
Decades later, this desire resurfaced while using the self-assessment tools in Holley Gerth’s book, You’re Already Amazing. In surveying her lists of strengths and skills, I stopped at the word growing. It turns out I innately gravitate to learning new things, soaring with my strengths, and managing my weakness.
The same rings true for my dreams. God urges me to turn toward the broken pieces in my life and to dream big restoration dreams. Compared to concrete dreams like writing a book, finding a part-time job, or learning to scuba dive, it feels awkward and clumsy to say:
- I dream of living a free and abundant life.
- I dream of a thriving marriage.
- I dream of reconciliation with a friend.
- I dream of being able to forgive.
But, remember that a God-sized dream is “a desire in your heart for more of what God has for you.”
The dreams above are intangible, but they are still dreams. They are not easily measured and can’t be approached with a standard business plan.
Maybe you have an abstract dream? One that has to do with healing and restoration?
Interior and relational dreams, which focus on healing and growth, share a common root: security in Christ. (<====Click to tweet.) If your dream involves personal healing or repairing relationships, try this:
We can forget the head knowledge we have about Him. Do we find ourselves relating to God as a harsh judge, someone for whom we need to perform or earn approval?
We tend to think of God in human terms because that is what we know—that’s what we have to compare Him to. Some say we see God the way we see our own human fathers, for better or worse.
How is our image of God distorted?
Psalm 103:8 tells us, The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to anger, abounding in love.
The word compassion means “to suffer with.”
He freed us and urges us to live in that freedom. (Galatians 5:1)
He rejoices over us with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)
Let’s think of the person who loves us most in this world: our husband, mother, best friend. Who makes us feel most secure, most able to be ourselves, most cared for? Who leaves us feeling most uplifted, most joyful, the best version of ourselves? Multiply this exponentially, and it doesn’t even begin to touch how much God loves us.
We are children of the King. (Romans 8:17)
We are chosen and cherished not for anything we’ve done or will do, but because of who we are. (John 15:16)
God will never stop loving us. (Jeremiah 31:3)
Meditating on who God is and who we are in Him creates a rock solid foundation for moving forward in our God-sized dreams for healing and restoration. (<====Click to tweet.)
Let’s ask God to reveal Himself to us and to reveal what we mean to Him. Let’s ask Him to pour His love into us and enable us to receive that love. This is what we stand on, in confidence, as we seek healing in any area because we become secure that, in Him, we are whole. And we can confidently live loved.
The other dreaming pieces start falling into place after that.
What is keeping you from living loved?
What’s your abstract God-sized dream?
Shared by: Mandy Mianecki
Photo credit: Kiwi-Wings