Date Number #17

Dream Big, Shine Bright

Can you take a moment to remember back when you were a small child what you would tell your friends and family you wanted to be when you grew up? Pause for a short time and recall what you wanted to be.  When we were little our dreams seemed so big.  As an adult our perspectives change and in many cases those dreams get smaller and smaller. As a child, I had a Mom that always encouraged me to dream.  She affirmed my achievements and told me that the sky was the limit.  I truly appreciate that now because I have never let my dreams get small.  I have aimed to use my spiritual gifts and talents for God’s use.  Don’t get me wrong there have been times where I became unsure and veered off of the narrow path for a time.  I love Proverbs 16:9 which says, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord directs His steps.”  Have you ever had a conversation with someone who seems to have their future all planned out?  They seem to dream freely about a fruitful future and a hope.  Some of us, on the other hand, lack the confidence about what we would like to do in the future.  Some of us don’t feel a passion or affinity to any particular trade or career path.

Our date today is at a place I have come back to again and again.  Picture rustic bookshelves filled to the brim with books old and new.  Glass cases of local farm to table salads and charcuterie.  A barista bar where I like to sit and write as I sip cup after cup of coffee.  It’s simple and cozy and I can often recall time after time that Abba has spoken to me here.

I’m here to encourage you that it is NEVER too late to dream.  One way we can get back to the basics and connect with our passion is to ask God.  We can also do things like take a spiritual gifts inventory or a career interests test that helps to lead us to the perfect career that is in line with those interests.  These are of course some practical ways to connect us to our skill sets, values and desires.  We cannot out-dream God’s good plans for us.  1 Corinthians 2:9 tells us, “No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him.”

Sisters, What is the unique contribution that you can make to the cause of Christ in light of your gifts and resources?  Where can you best be used by God?  Is there a prompting or burning you feel in your heart towards a particular endeavor?  If so, I want you to write it down.  “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.  For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false.  Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. Habakkuk 2:2-3.  This should give us such peace and confidence knowing that God does freely give vision and paves the way before us for our dreams.  He is the dream giver! Let us spend some time listening and praying for a new passion to spring up and for our dreams to be renewed.

Dear Jesus~You are the dream-giver! Thank you for downloading passions into my mind and heart for your glory.  Father, I want to shine brightly for you in your Kingdom.  I desire to touch the lives of many people with my talents and interests.  In your faithfulness will you restore passion into my heart?  Will you give me a vision or a dream for my future?  I abide in you.  I soak in your presence and wait.  My calling is unique to me and I know that you created me to glorify you.  Abba, I confess my apprehension and fear.  I will not let fear keep or hold me.  I desire to have a goal and intentionality to live out this dream.  I want to trust you to fully spread my sprouting wings and fly.  I will not settle for less than your best.  I ask you to breathe into me obedience as I breathe out complacency.  I love you Father.  Thank you!  Amen.