My toddler dreams of being a superhero. We purchased a superman shirt in his size for his birthday. It’s his “Super Sam” shirt. The desire runs deep in his boy nature to save the world from all the dark forces. His imagination runs wild as he dreams of the next person who needs his saving powers.
We don’t suppress his dream. We tell him his desire to be brave, to conquer, to be a hero is part of who God made him to be. He can be brave, and he can be strong! He can use his power for the good of others.
[God] saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began. ~2 Timothy 1:9
I believe each of us is made for a purpose. We all have dreams buried deep within us. Dreams that we may be afraid to act on, to even let ourselves consider. But God has gifted us each in such a unique way, and to be honest, I think many of us have forgotten how to dream. We’ve gotten so caught up in our comfort zones, our Christian order of priorities, and we’ve stopped dreaming. We’ve stopped thinking bigger. We’ve stopped believing that we can make a difference.
Today I want to open the flood gates. I want to inspire you to dream.
4 Tips to Pursue Your Dreams Right Now
1. Allow yourself to dream
When my husband and I got married, he asked me,
“What are your dreams? If you could do anything, what would you want to do?”
My blank stare haunted him for weeks. I didn’t know. I’d never been given permission to dream. I was a wife. I wanted to be a mom. Dreams? Weren’t those dreams?
Being a wife and mom is incredible! It is a dream come true for me, yet God has placed even more dreams in my heart for His glory.
Maybe you need permission to dream! Consider this your permission.
2. Pursue God for your dreams
I didn’t have a burning passion for anything when my husband first asked me about my dreams. I was sort of dead. But when I sought the Lord and His purposes for my life, I discovered a yearning, a passion deep within me that could not be denied.
I want to create a life that makes it impossible to not think about God. I want everything I do to speak to His name. I want each of my roles to reflect this mission. I want to use the gifts God has given me for His glory and purposes, not my own.
This passion is what keeps me coming back to the blinking cursor week after week. This passion is what keeps me scrubbing toilets and wiping little bottoms. This passion is what has me reading God’s Word and stretching my boundaries. This passion is what God has placed on my heart, and if I don’t take action, it would be a shame.
When we chase after God, seek Him above all else, He will put dreams in our hearts. God has gifted you for a purpose. I encourage you to pray for a greater understanding of who you are and who He has created you to be! Allow Him to stretch your vision and your comfortable boundaries!
3. Make a plan
As I write, I hear my son say, “Super Sam to the rescue. I need to do this!”
After you have pursued God for God-sized dreams, you need to do this and you need to make a plan. I talk a lot about making a plan in my eBook, Live for Him: A Grace-Filled Look at Planning. Making a plan will help you work toward your dreams even while you’re covered in bananas and boogers.
4. Rely on God
It is through pursuing our dreams that we encounter God in greater ways. He has given us the spiritual gifts needed to fulfill the dreams He has placed in our hearts.
Maybe you’re thinking, but I’m just a stay at home mom. I have priorities. I can’t pursue my dreams and care for my home the way I should. I say that’s baloney buns. Yep. Baloney buns I tell ya’!
What do you think Abraham said when he was asked to sacrifice his one and only son? Did he say, “But God my priorities…” or “But God don’t you remember who this boy is?” No, he didn’t. Abraham said, “God will provide a lamb for the sacrifice.” And God did.
If God is leading you down a new path, He will provide what you need as you go forth. God knows your priorities. He won’t ask you to compromise them as you pursue His will.
Dreams are a gift! Often your God-given gift! Just as we refuse to suppress the dreams of my son, I refuse to let you suppress your dreams because of lies Satan may be feeding you. Just as I tell my son that his desire to be brave is from the Lord, your dreams are from the Lord. Just as my son can pursue his dreams, so can you. Just as my son can use his powers for the good of others, so can you.