It’s February 8th, do you know where your New Year’s Resolutions are? I do, they’re nowhere because I chose several years ago to let that guilt go! Instead, I choose to let God define my new year by giving me a focus word. Several years ago He asked me to brave. Last year he simply asked me trust, and this year He’s pointed me to the same word over and over…DREAM.
It’s a little weird to be thinking about dreams as a 40-something-year-old. I mean dreams are those the things that you have when you are in elementary school (becoming the owner of an ice cream truck), or maybe in junior high (getting a Porsche for your 16th birthday) or high school/college where you actually try to have dreams that are achievable: doctor, teacher, wife, mother, rocket scientist. But God keeps saying “Dream!” over and over again to me.
Here in Sucúa, there are stores with shelves lined with dust-covered hopes. Anyone can walk the aisles looking for a Crock Pot, or maybe a coffee-maker, or a blender. You can find one but they are a little dated. The box is faded and covered with grit from the streets. It’s there ready to be used, but it’s been sitting for quite a long time. It’s the same with dreams God gives us. Sometimes they’ve been on the shelf for a long time, but every time we visit that store, we see them, and the impulse to buy overtakes us. Yet, we leave the store letting that “needed” thing gather more dust.
In your heart right now, there’s a dream stirring in you. It could be small. It could be almost too grand to imagine, but it will not let you go. The how’s of achieving this dream is unfathomable. Honestly, there’s no way you could even work it out in your mind. But that voice floats up from deep within, blending your discontent with your desires and God says, He “can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us” (Ephesians 3:20 The Message).
That constant reminder of the dream is the Spirit working gently within us. For me, this year, I’m learning to listen to that voice and “purchase” that much needed thing – my dream(s). That means many different things for me: learning to be more disciplined, letting go of people’s expectations and opinions, stepping off into the unknown, and believing in myself and my God more than ever.
C.S. Lewis said, “You’re never to old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” So this year I’m 18 again and composing my “life quote” for the yearbook when Michael W. Smith voiced my thoughts perfectly as I left the high school world in search of my dreams: God “steers the heart in the pursuit of a dream.” Hello 2013: Let the pursuit begin!