You begin to dream.
You find those dreams and aspirations that have been buried and pushed aside for the urgency of the present moment. You discover your purpose and direction, and instantly you can determine if your daily running has been toward a certain finish line, or if it has been simply an exercise of moving the arms and legs.
Without a specific target, an archer has no idea where to aim his arrows. And if he aims at nothing, that’s exactly what he’ll hit.
Where are your arrows being directed?
Determining direction starts with getting alone with your thoughts (and those that God has about you, found in His Word and in prayer) and letting them speak.
Dreaming takes time—moments of quiet, solitude and rest. For me, this comes in daily prayer, while I’m exercising, or sometimes just sitting alone in my backyard with a cup of tea. Find a time, a place and a way. And then make space in your day or week to listen to what He has in store. If possible, plan to get away for a night or a weekend by yourself to just be still and dream with God.
Next, don’t be afraid to listen. God has amazing dreams planned for us: Big, huge, mighty things that seem impossible and difficult and scary. They may not even make sense.
But that’s what makes them God-sized by definition: you can’t just make these things happen by yourself. You can’t figure them out without any divine intervention. This is part of your testimony about the dream, and this is what makes dreams especially beautiful.
Third, actively move forward toward the dream. To have faith in something means to act on it—to take concrete steps toward making it a reality (James 2:14-26).
This requires that you prepare your heart to do what God may be calling you to do in this moment to make it happen (no matter how seemingly small). What steps can you take today to go one step further toward turning that dream into reality? What habits or lifestyle changes do you need to instill in your life to further yourself toward that dream?
These steps are the “proof in the pudding” that we actually believe that our dreams will happen, even when we may not see tangible evidence of it happening right now.
Dreams make the difference between an ordinary and extraordinary life. Friends, we must not be afraid to embrace all the possibilities He has for us and to be brave and fearless in our pursuit of them.
What God-sized dreams are you aiming for? Let’s share them and encourage one another.