Has God put A Big Dream In Your Heart?
Do you have a big dream in your heart that has been nagging at you for years? No matter what you do, what you try, you always come back to your dream, goal, vision or idea. Whatever you call it, “it’s”still there.
God has put a dream in my heart to be a business owner, work for myself and be incredibly successful it!
God wants you to dream big dreams.
What’s your dream? God wants you to dream big dreams. In fact, He wants you to dream bigger dreams that we can even imagine.
Your big dream can be anything from going to college, having a family, adopting a child, traveling the world, owning a business, or starting a non-profit.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve been talking about it for years. 18 years for me. How about you?
Over the last 30 years of my career in Information Technology, I’ve had three real jobs and a chronic illness that sidelined me for a few years, but no real big dream work.
Sure, I dabbled in many of my interests trying to make a go at it. Let’s see, I’ve attempted the being a
- Dog trainer/Assisted dog therapy trainer
- Dog groomer
- Cookie decorator
- Cake decorator
- Pastry chef
- Event planner
Ultimately, in all my jobs what I held on to the most is my love of technology.
So it was time to hit the road with what God wired me to do and my big dream – Technology and Business.
Jesus take the wheel, the road is full of Michigan potholes
If you’re not familiar, Michigan potholes come on unexpectedly.
They are water-filled, deep holes in the road disguised as shallow puddles. Once your tire lands in one it swallows it up, with a cringe-worthy sound of crushing metal and a head-jarring jolt of shock. In a split-second, you’re overcome with a feeling of dread. Will you make it to your destination or will you be stranded and have to call it quits for the day?
Unfortunately, driving on your big dream road is much the same as the pothole producing Michigan freeze and thaw cycle.
One week you can be on fire moving swiftly toward your goals, no traffic ahead, and the road is clear.
The next week it’s snowing, freezing, it takes you three hours for a one hour drive, and you’ve hit so many potholes think you may be driving on your wheel rims.
The big dream road has been a road full of potholes that continuously remind me to slow down otherwise I’ll never make it.
After a particularly stressful week and almost having to pull over to the side of the road to call it quits, I received some Godly inspiration. I hope it helps you as much as it helped me.
After crying out to the Lord for help and singing out loud (luckily only my dog was home, poor baby) the only four words of the song that I know, “Jesus take the wheel.”
The next morning, my Joyce Meyer daily devotional was this:
Dream Big Dreams
Through skillful and godly Wisdom is a house (a life, a home, a family) built, and by understanding, it is established [on a sound and good foundation]. And by knowledge shall its chambers [of every area] be filled with all precious and pleasant riches. – Proverbs 24:3-4
Do you have a dream or a vision in your heart for something greater than what you have now? Ephesians 3:20 tells us God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above and beyond all we can hope, ask, or think. If you are not thinking, hoping, or asking—you are cheating yourself. You need to think big thoughts, dream big dreams, and ask for big things.
There is a gold mine of dreams, visions, abilities, and strength hidden in every life, but you have to dig to get to it. You must be willing to dig deep and go beyond how you feel or what is convenient. If you will dig down deep into the spirit, you will do greater things than anyone could ever imagine.
Thank you, Jesus, for taking the wheel and driving me down the right road.
There are three things that I took inside my heart from this verse and am actively applying it to the pursuit of my dream. Wisdom, Understanding, and Knowledge.
Of course, we need to seek first skillful and godly wisdom. Ask God for wisdom in your daily activities, in your next big dream move, in your next move in general!
Seeking first is a struggle for me because I am a get-er-done girl. Get it done now and move on to the next task. No time to ask and wait for wisdom, just do it. Chop, chop!
I need to stop and ask God for directions. There are many forks and decisions to make on the big dream road.
Do I go right or left? Yes or No? Try to slow down and ask God where you should go and wait for the answer.
Waiting is hard but the road is clearer when the fog clears.
Knowledge is a big one! Gather your facts and information folks. Consider lessons learned both personally and by other people who have gone before you. Study, read, learn new skills and methodologies. Knowledge. Drop the mic, knowledge has spoken!
Understanding is where you apply meaning and reason to your knowledge.
Oh, boy does following any big dream take understanding! I’m always asking the question why? In fact, it annoys me sometimes. Why, God, why, I don’t understand, is always the cry of my heart.
Of course, we’ll never know the answers to all our whys but let’s nail down the easy one…
Why do you want to [insert dream here]?
Remember your why. When you are struggling or want to give up ALWAYS go back to your why.
Are we on the right road?
Since knowledge is so important, I thought maybe it should be listed first: knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.
Starting with knowledge seems like a logical first step.
Then apply meaning and reason to understand how to use your knowledge.
Finally, ask for wisdom to discover your next move.
Makes sense, yes, but our first step should always be to seek God.
After we feel that God wants us to go down a path, we apply our knowledge, understanding and then seek additional wisdom! It’s a wisdom sandwich.
So there you have it. A wisdom sandwich to consume over and over when approaching your big dream destination:
Where do you want to go?