This week was a whole lot of everything. It was busy, it was blessed, it was overwhelming. It had a new schedule, it got me thinking about the April school a lot. I, sadly, only got to be in lectures with the beautiful Layne Grime for one full day, but God lined it up so that I was in for just the right one.
You and I know, to varying degrees, how much we are loved. Even if people don’t vocalize it enough, you can feel it and you can read it in His letters that we are loved unconditionally. When that realization sinks deep in your heart, just like with a person, you want to honour that love. I want to honour His love. I want everything I do to reflect His glory, I want to lift Him high, put Him on the throne that belongs to Him. I want to dream big, because with Him all things are possible. This is my list of dreams, things I so dearly wish to accomplish. The closer I’m getting to Him, the more the desires of my heart look like the desires of His heart. What a beautiful reality. So here they are, in no particular order.
Own my own studio
Run a successful photography business
Be a stay at home mum
Study the Bible in depth (get confused and in awe over and over again)
Have 10,000 comments on this blog. (*yes, dream big*)
Raise children that reflect the Son
Own a house somewhere
Run women’s ministry from my living room couch
Own a 50mm 1.2 lens
Spend at least 2 weeks a year in Africa
Never lose my wanderlust for this world
Be married to one man for one lifetime
Live in Holland. Even if only for 2 weeks.
Walk the streets that Jesus walked
Float in a hot air balloon
Love so much it hurts
Write a book
Backpack through Europe
Change someone’s life
Sleep on the beach under the stars
Be in Thailand for the lantern festival
Make photos and videos that challenge and encourage people
Be brutally honest with overwhelming love
Journal. Forever. And then pass them off to my grandchildren
Climb a mountain with my mum
So there it is, my heart laid bare. Whether or not all of these things get accomplished doesn’t matter, the point is we need to dream big. It makes me sad when people sell themselves short, when they don’t dream big and let God prove how majestic He is. He has so generously given us this lifetime, and each and every day I am reminded that there is no guarantees. Not everyone gets 80 years. Some barely get 20, so how are you going to use those days? I dare you to dream big. I dare you to set your sights higher than you can reach- write down something impossible, and see what God does with it. He is SO faithful, all the time, it’s in His nature. “For if we are unfaithful, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny who He is.” 2 Timothy 2:13
I dare you.
With Strength that is not my own, Sam