A couple of months ago Bob Goff came to our church to co-lead a Discover Your Dream discussion that was awesome. (If you haven't encountered Bob Goff in any form, make sure you find a way to hear him speak, follow him, read his books - he is amazing. Inspires you want to go out and change the world kind of amazing). Anyways, one of the questions we were left with to discuss at our tables was, "What is your big, scary dream?" I had several ideas and passions swirling around in my mind that I was ready to share, but I asked my friend Allison what her's was first. Her immediate response? "Abolish human slavery on the continent of Africa."
My first thought? "I want to dream that big." My dreams had something to do with counseling and healing marriages, speaking worth into young girls, fighting for purity and a few other similar ideas which is great, but her answer inspired me to really clarify my purpose and vision for my dreams, as well as allow myself to dream big. REALLY BIG.
So the following week I sat down with a fresh new journal and wrote out six pages worth of ideas, goals, reasons, and practical next steps so I could put words to my passions and direction to my vision. And ultimately I narrowed down what I believe I'm called to do into this BIG. SCARY. DREAM:
"I want to help dramatically reduce the divorce rate in America."
Does that idea feel crazy and improbable and totally daunting? Absolutely. But knowing that's what I'm always working towards gives me drive and focus and crazy motivation. With a heaping dose of humility knowing that I will never accomplish it all on my own.
So there. My big scary dream is out there and I would love, love, LOVE to know if you have one. I think there is something so exciting and encouraging about hearing what other peoples' visions are to change the world, or one world. If you have no idea what yours is, not to worry! But I promise it might be easier to figure out than you think. Use these two questions as criteria: 1. What's the thing that kind of makes your heart flip flop every time you think or hear about it, the thing that makes you feel most alive and fully who you are when you're doing it? And, 2. Does your dream totally scare you?
I would love to read a string of comments containing your big dreams. We need a world filled with people who are willing to dream big dreams. So please share if you're willing :)
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