What are your wildest dreams? If you could dream big, I mean really big, what would that look like? What is involved in your wildest dreams?

Some people can tell you in a split second what their dreams would look like. Some are afraid to voice their dreams.  Some don’t voice dreams because they seem too ordinary. Some knew at one time what their dreams were but they have been snuffed out. Some have no idea.

Split-Second Dreamers
If I were to put myself in a group, I think it would be this one.  Before I tell you my dream, let me preface it by saying that just because I put myself in this category, I, in no way, am saying this is the best category to be in.

I can tell you in a split second what my dream is because it’s like my skin, it’s always been with me.  My dream is to write books that make a difference in people’s lives. Here’s why this is not the best category. If you are like me, nearing the 60 mark, and know and have always known what your dream is, why are you no closer? I ask myself that…often.

Fearful Dreamers
Those who are afraid to voice their dreams may be so concerned with what their friends, family, work associates, church members or pastors might think about them.

They might feel it is too greedy to say they want to be a multi-millionaire or world traveler. Yet it is a dream that’s always been with them, something they know is intertwined with their destiny.  But for some reason, they won’t reach for it. Fearful dreamers are the ones who are even afraid to allow themselves to dream about their dreams.

Ordinary Dreamers
Ordinary dreamers dream of basic things. When we were newly married and struggling,I dreamed of having enough money to pay all the bills

When I was dreaming ordinary dreams, I didn’t tell anyone what they were because I didn’t consider them dreams.  But looking back on them now, I know they were. In reality, they were the dreams that God used as a foundation for other larger dreams in my life.

Snuffed-Out Dreamers
At one time, snuffed-out dreamers knew exactly what their dreams were. Perhaps they dreamed of getting married and living happily ever after. But then their spouse left them. Or they dreamed of going to college and getting a good job, only to flunk out and have to work a minimum wage job, got kicked out of their parents’ home, didn’t have money to pay rent and the dreams got buried.

For snuffed out dreamers, someone, some thing, some turn of events happened one too many times. As a result whatever the dreams were, they died never to be resurrected.

No-Idea Dreamers
Those who have no idea what their dream is are those who perhaps have just never thought about it. Personally, I think these dreamers have the most potential.

See, I over-think most everything. Remember, I’m the split-second dreamer. I know the dream that I haven’t achieved yet. It’s the dream that has always been with me and I haven’t done anything (well, not much of anything) about.

I think the No-Idea Dreamer when they catch a glimpse of their dreams will go forward with excitement and pursue them whole-heartedly.  But only if they allow themselves to dream.

Wild, God Dreamers
The wild, God dreamer is the best, most-productive kind of dreamer. This is the dreamer who lets God dream the wild dreams and he or she just goes along with it.  In reality, if it is a dream we can do something about, a dream we can attain, it’s not really a dream at all.

“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, His Spirit deeply and gently within us.” (Ephesians 3:20, Msg.)

What do we have to do to be a wild, God dreamer? Nothing at all until the Holy Spirit tells you what do do.  If it’s logical, thought out, planned out, it probably isn’t a wild, God dream.

This isn’t bad news, really, but good news, as all of God’s ideas are.

Split-second dreamers only need to give their dreams to God and expect more than they can think.

Fearful dreamers need to let Him remove their fears and replace them with God-sized dreams.

Ordinary dreamers need to ask for extraordinary things.

Snuffed-out dreamers need to let God raise their dead dreams and give them new, more-than-they-can-imagine dreams.

No-idea dreamers need to be open to the awesome, wild things God is cooking up for them.

How? It’s a simple process. Get to acquainted with the God of the universe. Spend time in His word every day. Communicate with Him daily. Be obedient to the God nudges in your life.

Before you know it, you and I will be seeing those wild, God dreams come true. Really, what have we got to lose? As they say insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. I’m not insane.

What about you?

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Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 260 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. She has three more books, "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing An Appetite for God." Sweet Grace and Sweet Freedom study guides are available as well. All books are on Amazon. Her Coaching Programs can be found under the Weight Loss tab at TeresaShieldsParker.com. To book Teresa for your next event, check the Speaking Tab.