This summer I attended a conference in which one of the sessions talked about God-sized dreams. Stephanie Bryant and Holley Gerth encouraged and inspired so many of us women to pursue our God-sized dream. I want to share a little bit from that workshop with you to challenge and encourage your heart to do what God has created you to do.
“A God-sized dream can be big or small. What matters is that it fits your heart.”
You might have a God-sized dream if:
1. It fits with your strengths, your skills, and experiences.
2. You can’t think about anything else. It keeps coming to the forefront of your mind.
3. You’re scared silly – It’s bigger than you!
4. People think you’re crazy.
5. It aligns with God’s purposes!
6. It’s harder than you thought!
7. It leads to joy!
A God-sized dream is something that God puts in your heart for you to do to better his world. A God-sized dream can range anywhere from a business pursuit that is from him for you or combating some sort of social injustice to wanting to be the best wife and mother the world has ever seen.
When pursuing your God-sized dreams, there is a fear that never goes away. A fear of knowing that this is so much bigger than little old you and me. That fear also is accompanied by adventure and excitement! What are you secretly afraid of doing but want to do? “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 Knowing God and living your God-sized dream is the most exciting thing in life! As you begin to walk with God to unknown places and impact the world in a way that honors him and helps others, then, I believe that we discover the reason for living…the reason that we were created and put on this earth!
My God-sized dream is Isaiah 61. “He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for captives, to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes.” I desire to do this through writing, small groups, speaking, bumping into someone at the store, etc. It pleases God, when I step out and boldly pursue my God-sized dream. After all, it is really his dream that he has put in my heart to change the world for him.
So, what is your God-sized dream? The first step to pursuing it is to write it down or say it out loud. Will you boldly share your God-sized dream with me? Your fingers may be shaking at the key pad, but I dare you!