Someone tell me I’m not the only one!
There are moments where the thought that I could die anytime at all strikes me silly.
I’m not worried about where I’m going. I believe God’s Word in 2 Timothy 4:18–He will deliver me safely into His Kingdom. I know my loved ones; they’d trust God with my death.
My (foolish!) concern?
I worry that I might die before I get to finish certain study and writing projects. I fear my dreams might be left unfinished, unaccomplished. And with that, I realize I have an idol issue.
God-Sized Dreams Aren’t Meant to be Idols
In chapter two of You’re Made for a God-sized Dream, Holley asks:
“Why are God-sized dreams so compelling?”
Her answer offers swift correction for any dream-scheming:
“Because we powerfully experience God’s presence in our lives through them. It’s not about the destination. It’s not about what we will get if we complete them. It’s about the relationship.”
Fearing of missing out on our dreams before they’re achieved means forgetting what our dreams are all about.
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His dreams for us result in the prize of closeness with Christ.
God-Sized Dreams Are Meant to Be Eternal
The kinds of dreams God gives us are intended to glorify Him. They build up His Kingdom in one way or another. That means that pursuing our God-sized Dreams isn’t just about us.
Holley points out that:
“Ultimately you know the calling in your soul is about more, so much more than anything you might hope to gain from it.”
Our dreams are about Him. And He isn’t changing, failing, or going anywhere. Worship is and will be received by God for forever.
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God-Sized Dreams Aren’t Threatened By Our Fears
Hopefully your fear about dreaming is not associated with dying. (oh, the human imagination!)
Maybe you worry instead that you’re going to miss out on your dream because of setbacks or surprising life changes. Fear of failure might be holding you back from even starting. Perhaps you fear because the dream just seems too huge.
There’s good news:
God can do all things. No plan of God’s can be thwarted. (Job 42:2)
As Holley says: “You don’t have to be big to have God-sized dreams, because in Him you are enough.”
His dreams for us may not look like we expect. Some aspects that we think are vital might not be. But we know that what He purposes, happens. God will complete your dream in the best way.
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Shared by: Bethany McIlrath