When did you stop dreaming of what you’d be when you grew up? When did the ideas that you could become anything start to fade away into a smaller reality?
Maybe you’re luckier than most and are still dreaming, still reaching for the stars, actually achieving those far-reaching goals…
I think for a lot of us, though, our dreams begin to get smaller and smaller the older we get.
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At my son’s pre-K graduation this week, each child stood up and shared what they wanted to be when they grew up. They had beautiful aspirations, like doctors, engineers, princesses, paleontologists, policemen, and professional soccer players. I sadly started to wonder how long before the world gets a hold of these children and the dreams begin to dim? How many of these kids will actually achieve these dreams – or even the dreams they’ll have by the time they graduate high school?
So, maybe none of us will actually become princesses and few will play professional sports. Maybe the dreams the we had as children and teens were unrealistic or not fully informed, but perhaps there’s something in them to help us unlock our passion.
DREAM… IMAGINE… PRAY…
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman
How many of us are living out our passion and purpose? How many are still reaching for the stars and believing we can live into our dreams. Or, do we still have some dreaming to do to recapture that vision for our lives?
How do you want to change the world? What dreams do you have for your life? Maybe you’re dreaming of growing your family, of starting a new career, of finding another chance at love, of finding healing and hope out of a dark chapter of your life.
Is it ever too late to dream of something different? Can we go back and dream again? Are we ever too old to start over and try something new?
DREAM… IMAGINE… PRAY…
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C. S. Lewis
I recently discovered a station on Pandora called “Summer Hits of the 90s.” They’ve been playing so many favorites from my formative years. These songs instantly transport me back to moments in my teens and early 20s, those years when I still dreamed. I think it’s been my reminder to put my mind in a youthful state and allow dreaming.
Remember, no matter the choices we’ve made (or not made), the roads we’ve wandered, and the wrong turns we’ve taken, God is using all of our experiences to prepare us for whatever He has planned next.
Do you need to dream again? To find your purpose, your calling, your place in this world? Do you want to do more, to make more of an impact, to see how God can use you in bigger ways? Do you want a new start, a life that looks somehow different from your current chapter?
DREAM… IMAGINE… PRAY…
“There is no passion to be found playing small — in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela
Find your “oldies” station and transport your mind to the time you last dreamed big dreams. Pray and ask God to help you find your dreams and passions. Let God fill you with new dreams and show you how He can take all your past and lead you into His big dreams for your life.
DREAM… IMAGINE… PRAY…
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This post is part of the “God’s Possible” series. For more information or to read other posts in the series, click here: Dream the Impossible… Imagine God’s Possible
Mary Geisen says
I love these words! I am dreaming right now and know there is so much more out there that God has planned for me. I know it is too easy to think that dreaming is a luxury or a waste of time because life is consuming us right now. I also worry about the future of children now because believing they can reach for the stars and then actually following through are two very different things. Thank you for spurring us onto to not only dreaming but reaching far to achieve them. God blessed your words today! #RaRalinkup
I’ve sometimes wondered if dreaming is for adults – or if we get to a point where we have too many obligations that dreams become irresponsible to entertain. But, when we align our dreams with God’s dreams for our lives, then nothing’s out of reach – and we can do far more with the gifts we’ve been given. Hope you’re dreaming some great ones!
Love this inspiration, Kathryn! I want to become a free-lance writer! You’re encouraging me today. My daughter is cooking her way through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and I just realized that Julia Child was almost 50 when her first work was published! She was probably 40 when she started at the Cordon Bleu! You’re right. It’s never too late!
What a great inspiration! If Julia Child could do all that she did and only started at 40, what hope that we’re never too old to start new things. At least you know your dream – now you can take steps to reach it! Still trying to clearly identify mine – anxious to be able to name it so I can start moving toward it.
Holly Barrett says
Thanks for reminding me to do a little dreaming today! I remember those dreams I had as a kid and wonder what made me stop dreaming. Life just gets a little too complicated sometimes and then it seems to block out all our passion, I think. I’ll take some time to dream today…thanks, Kathryn!
When the passion has dulled and life gets the best of us, it’s hard to dream of anything different. It takes some effort to rekindle those dreams and allow ourselves to think of something different. Good luck recapturing those dreams!
Lauren English says
I love this! I’m learning to trust that if God gives me a dream or passion of some sort, I can trust that He will provide for it and come through in His timing and His way, even if it doesn’t look like i’d imagined. Thanks for sharing!
This post is so inspirational and speaks words that others need to hear. Love it! Cheering you on from the #RaRalinkup with Purposeful Faith.
Thank you, Kathryn, for encouraging us all to dream and to dream big. Visiting from Coffee For Your Heart. : )
I Love the CS Lewis quote and Summer hits of the 90’s. It really does take my husband and I back 🙂
Thanks for this encouraging words!!! What a great post and words to continue dreaming and starting new things in God.
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