What is your dream?
What do you most hope for in your life?
What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
We all need dreams, hopes, and goals—reasons to get out of bed in the morning—something that makes our hearts sing. What are yours? Have you thought about them lately? Today I’m encouraging you to get a life—by dreaming bigger.
Several of my dearest friends have entered the second half of life—as I have. A recent conversation with one of my friends went something like this: “Cath, am I too old to go back to school and hone my professional skills? I mean, does it even matter, at my age? Should I spend time, energy, and money on something so inconsequential, as opposed to doing something great for the kingdom of God?”
I love this question! And I loved my answer: heck yes! YES. Answer your heart’s call. Respond to the desires of your heart, and trust that God is in it. We don’t know if we have another day, another minute, or another twenty, thirty, or forty years on this planet before Him. We do know that He has created us in His image, with unique gifts and talents that only we can invest and offer to others.
Serving God, and doing great things for His kingdom, can look as different as each one of us. Certainly the Bible speaks to how we spend our time, money, and talents. We are called to live in community, in active submission and service within a body of believers. I believe if you are obeying God in all areas of your life, as you understand Him, and you are practicing the basic Biblical disciplines of worship, prayer, tithing, and serving others—you can trust your heart’s desires.
My heart leaps at the idea of writing good books. I love to tell a good story and to make it interesting by raising the stakes—it just plain makes me happy! Is that changing lives? Is that changing the world? I have no idea. I just know that it makes me enormously happy, and I feel led and called to do so. My heart also leaps at the idea of going back to a certain island paradise. My sundresses are perpetually lined up next to my suitcase, happily awaiting my next trip. And I guarantee you—there will be a next trip. Soon.
This short life is a gift. We all face struggles, losses, unspeakable sorrows, and unspeakable joy in our journey. God is calling you to live a life of MORE, not less, as you face a new day on this planet. He has more for you. He has a life of purpose, of belonging, and of unsurpassed joy.
Take a moment today to bend your knee, bow your head before Him and ask Him to reveal new dreams to you, for you. Ask Him to make your heart sing, and lead you into His glorious good news for you.