Do you have a dream? Remember when you were a little kid and you dreamed of what you wanted to do when you grew up? What was that dream?
It may sound strange if you are 25, 45, 65 or older to think about the dream you had as a child. However, I believe dreams, even the dreams we had as a child, say something to us about our life. They are dream God has placed in us.
We are each given a unique identity when we enter the world. No two people, not even identical twins, are exactly alike. Even though fingerprints of identical twins are more alike than two complete strangers, they are still different.
In addition to genetics, we are given a unique personality, talents, abilities and bents towards certain interests.
We are also unique in God’s eyes. He encodes us with certain desires. He has plans for each of us.
“ For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”1
These plans were established from before we were born. “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”2
We go through life doing the same thing, day in and day out, not realizing we could be tapping into the greatness God has planned for our lives.
It is God’s grace that allows us to do the mundane things that may lead to greatness. His grace also empowers us to step out of our comfort zone if God calls us to do so.
There is a resident power at work in the universe that is ready to propel us forward into a measure of divine power we can’t even fathom exists. We just need to want Him as much as He wants to bless us.
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!”3
I have to admit, sometimes God’s “blessings” seem a little scary.
“What God, you want me to take my family, all my stuff and move somewhere? You won’t even tell me where?”
“Yes, Abraham, that’s what I want.”
“Look, God, I’m OK just singing songs to the sheep. I mean it’s cool that you helped me kill a lion and a bear so I could protect them, but I am not sure about playing this king role. I’m just a shepherd.”
“David, you will be the shepherd king of Israel, a man after My own heart.”
“God, what do you mean? I’m pregnant? I’ve not even slept with a man! I’m not married! And what’s this about it being a virgin birth? Do I look like the mother of the Messiah? I’m just a teenager!”
“Yes, Mary, you will be the mother of the Christ.”
In each case, God had a plan established of which Abraham, David and Mary had very little knowledge. Still, in each case, they accepted His plan.
There really was no recorded reluctance on their part even though in each case, it took a time of preparation before the final will of God was carried out.
When Abraham dreamed of finding new worlds, did he know he would be the father of many nations?
When David sang the sheep to sleep at night and counted the stars above, did he know he would shepherding the nation of God’s own people?
When Mary played with her dolls, did she know she would be mother to the most important person in all of history?
Not one of these individuals could fathom the plans God had for their lives. Even when God anointed and called each one, they still didn’t grasp their part in God’s great plan. Yet I believe they were each divinely aware that they were writing a page of God’s history book.
An article on Beliefnet.com tells the story about an enthusiastic Christian young man who visited a nursing home. While there he spoke to the senior citizens challenging the to share their faith.
He asked how many people they had led to Christ. An elderly man said, “Maybe three or four million.”
In disbelief, the young man said, “You led three or four million people to Jesus?”
“Yes,” the old man smiled. “I was Billy Graham’s Sunday School teacher when he was a boy. I encouraged him to become a preacher.”
The story may or may not be true, however, this much is true, you can affect millions of lives by using the gifts God has given you.
Whether you are a grandmother loving and teaching your grandchild or the CEO of a major corporation, you are greatest when you are living the dream God has for you.
What dream has God placed in you?
1 Jeremiah 29:11, NLT
2 Psalms 2 139:16 NLT
3 Ephesians 3:20-21, NIV
Teresa Shields Parker is a wife, mother, business owner, life group leader, speaker and author of Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God’s Favor and Sweet Grace Study Guide: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Overcome Sugar Addiction. Get a free chapter of her memoir on her blog at Teresa Shields Parker.com. Connect with her there or on her Facebook page.