I love the TV show Grand designs. The show is based around filming the journey people embark on as they put everything on the line to build their dream homes. It is fascinating and remarkable to watch how much people’s enthusiasm, energy and belief in accomplishing their dream can achieve. It’s inspiring and challenging all at the same time, because so often we have the mindset that the dreams and desires in our hearts are not possible, or crazy or won’t work. All of those things may be true, but what if they weren’t? What if through God directing us, and some well planned research, preparation, commitment, and willingness to give it our best, we did live out our dream?
I’ve discovered that God loves for us to dream; He’s often the one who has placed those dreams in our heart in the first place. He loves for us to pursue our dreams, and to believe for the seemingly impossible. Yes we may stumble in the process, experience disappointments and setbacks, but if we are continually learning and developing into the person God has called us to be, then He will ensure nothing is ever wasted. In fact God says that He will bring all things together that we experience, so as to produce good things in our lives.
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Romans 8:28 NLT)
I believe God has wired all of us to have a dream and purpose for our life. He wants us to go from faith to faith, never reaching the point where we stop dreaming. When we achieve one dream, to have the attitude of “what’s next God?” Yes we may need to make sacrifices, or adjustments to our life, but isn’t that better than having a mountain of regret that we never tried or bothered to pursue our dreams?
The people on the show “Grand Designs,” whose dream it is to build their own homes have something inside of them that I think all of us need a dose of. Often the only things going for them are their ability to work hard, be energetic, believe in themselves and those around them, and be willing to use the skills they’ve learnt along the way. But the results never cease to astound me.
Today, take some time to examine your own heart. What dream has God placed within you that He wants you to pursue and fulfil? Write it down, and spend some time praying over it; research how to begin, and start to equip yourself to fulfil your dream. Life is precious and God wants us to live our lives, and not just sit by watching the years go by. He says He will lead us, equip us, and bring other people into our lives to help us achieve the dreams in our heart. So dream big, and start the journey of living your dream today.
“Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us”. (Ephesians 3:20)
“I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit (benefit), Who leads you in the way that you should go.”(Isaiah 48:17)
“And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.“ (Habakkuk 2:2)
Prayer: Lord help me to know the dream in my heart, and to see that in you all things are possible. Show me how to begin pursuing my dream, and please guide me in the way I should go. In Jesus Name Amen.