Dreams take effort to succeed.
Could God just speak and make it so? Of course He could. But then we’d miss one of the key components of dreaming God-sized dreams. Stepping out in faith.
I have to admit, I’ve been a little disconcerted lately by what seems to be the en vogue battle cry of so many Christians:
Just Be. Be still. Be with God. Practice being.
Don’t get me wrong. Being is absolutely critical. Without resting in God’s presence, soaking in His wisdom and refreshment, and understanding our worth is based on simply being His, we might be fooled into thinking we can earn His affection or our salvation. And the enemy would like nothing more than for that to be our mindset.
Daring to Dream big isn’t about earning God’s affection or our salvation. It is about following His lead because He already loves and forgives and upholds us. It is about stepping into the great unknown knowing God is going with us. It is about taking the necessary steps and trusting Him to catch us when we fall.
At some point, our being has to become doing.
Noah had to swing the hammer.
Joseph had to speak the revelation God gave him regarding Pharaoh’s dreams.
Moses had to raise the staff.
Joshua had to lead the Israelite Army around the city of Jericho.
Ruth had to follow Naomi.
Nehemiah had to petition King Cyrus for help in rebuilding Jerusalem’s wall.
You see, all these people were called by God to accomplish incredible acts of faith on His behalf. Because they followed God faithfully, He inspired them to action.
Even accomplishing God-given dreams requires action. To get a book on the shelf in Barnes and Noble words and sentences and paragraphs must be written. To establish a business or non-profit paperwork must be filed. To become a teacher or nurse or mid-wife, classes must be not only taken but passed. To become a foreign missionary there are applications to fill out and shots to get. Whatever your dream, there are steps you must take to make it become a reality.
We accomplish those tasks to the best of our ability, then trust God for the desired results. Time spent being with God fills us with the confidence to not only trust His plan for our dreams, but also to take the leap of faith necessary to begin doing the dream.
Being becomes doing.
This is vibrant and active faith. The kind of faith James encourages us to practice. Faith inspired works.
Maybe you have no idea where to begin making your dream a reality. Or perhaps you have ideas swirling around your brain that won’t be still long enough for you to add them to your list. Either way, my dear friend Christa Hutchins, at Do a New Thing is a genius at helping others plan for success.
She has graciously offered this comprehensive free printable for you to begin making sense of the steps you need to take in order to start moving in the right direction. Use what works for you and don’t be afraid to reach out to either of us if you need a little help getting started. Click on the graphic to download her worksheets.
You can also check out Christa’s inspiring blog post, Ministry is Hard so Do the Work. If you’ve got a dream, whether ministry related or not, she can help you organize, prepare, and plan for it.
It doesn’t matter if you’re taking baby steps or making a giant leap, dreams only become realities when we move forward in faith.
What is your next step in the direction of your dreams?
Don’t miss the other great posts in this series:
And coming Soon:
Dreaming is all Dandelions and Daffodils
(re)Designing the Dream
Living the Dream
Dare to Dream Again
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