I Have a Dream--Part Two

8:10 AMHeather

One of the things I most admire about MLK is that he dared to dream. I know, I know...that's stating the obvious given the title of one of his most famous speeches. But, bear with me. I admire that Martin Luther King Junior was so bold as to believe that our God is in the business of the seemingly impossible. Even more daring, he trusted that God could use him even in the face of such opposition. I love that Martin Luther King Junior dared to dream big dreams with his God, and then stepped out in faith toward those dreams.

When was the last time you sat in a quiet place, alone with the Lord, and dared to dream big with Him? When was the last time you confided in Him the big huge things you dream about, and then dared to surrender to the "immeasurably more than you could ask or imagine" (Ephesians 3:20) that God might have planned for you and through you?

When I was a little girl and people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I struggled through my lisp and speech impediment to say an author and an illustrator. This is still my dream. But, only God could have brought me to a point where I now dream of speaking publicly along with those childhood dreams of writing. Oh, I have some big things in mind. With my imagination, I can picture all sorts of things. At the end of the day, I pray I can submit my dreams to the Lord's plans for me, and trust that He can dream even bigger than I can.

INTENTIONAL challenge: Stop and dream a bit about how God might use your talents, skills, gifts, time and dreams for His fame. Don't box yourself in--dream big and WILD. Sit with your spouse and dream together for your family, your marriage and your future. And, sit with your kids and ask them what their dreams are. Have your little ones draw pictures of their dreams and your bigger ones write them out (or bullet point them if yours aren't that fond of writing like one of mine). Create a dream poster with your family's dreams or journal these dreams. Remind your children that nothing is impossible with God. In what ways today will you dare to dream with our God whose specialty is the impossible?

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