I was scrolling through old blog posts for inspiration. Sometimes I get stuck – wondering what to write about or if any one would notice if I recycled an old post then SMACK, I remember I would would know the difference. Sometimes an old post pertains to what is happening now in my life so it could stand another look…
Back in 2014, St. Pauls’ UMC did a church-wide study during Lent called “Daring to Dream”. Back then, I was in the midst of letting fear keep me from letting my dreams soar. Funny, I am back in the same spot and I am not even sure why.
On Easter Sunday, Pastor gave a sermon entitled “Dream Busters – Dream Builders” which in a nutshell was about faith, hope and the love of Christ which enables us to fly on the wings of God’s dreams for us. I looked back at my notes from the sermon and at the book we were reading and it was yet another wake up call for me. I say it a lot but God is always working in my life, allowing me glimpses of what he has in store for me. Yes, I get scared but not scared enough to keep me from reaching for those dreams. Sometimes it is just enough fear to keep me focused and working towards his dreams for me.Here are the three dream busters which keep us from reaching our full potential:
- Yesterday’s failures. I know I am not alone in allowing the shackles of guilt and shame to continue to bind me. Of course, not as often as they used to but guilt about past mistakes do continue to haunt me. I rehash the mistake over and over until I finally turn it over to God and let it go. Sound familiar?
- Today’s frustration. Are my personal expectations too high? YES! Do I compare myself to others (personally and professionally)? YES! Perfect Polly creeps in on occasion and convinces me if I’m not “perfect”, I will never achieve my dreams. WRONG! It is NOT about perfection, it is about the journey. One of my favorite mantras.
- Tomorrow fears. Some days, I don’t even know what I am fearful of – fear of success, fear of not measuring up, fear of disappointing others or fear of failing? Or is fear just an excuse for not trying?
Once we know what is busting our dreams, when can figure out how to change the dream busters into dream builders?
- Doubts dispelled. I need to remind myself daily with God all things are possible. Remember the mustard seed? I keep a mustard seed jar close (a gift from my Director) to remind me of this message. Because as long as you have a small amount of faith, things are possible.
- Despair dispersed with confidence and hope. I never realized what a control person I was until someone called me on it. Let Go and Let God because he alone can provide for our needs. Really? It goes back to faith as small as a mustard seed. Be confident God will provide for our needs. He will also be there to wrap his arms around us and give us hope when we feel weak.
- Security of Love. Have you ever doubted God’s love? Be honest! I know in my darkest days, I wondered how he could possible love me. The truth is God’s love has lifted me up from the depths of addiction along with my sometimes shady past and he continues to love me on a daily basis.
Are these some of the barriers holding you back from dreaming BIG? I have found as long as I open my heart to God and his love, I am able to DARE to DREAM. Pause for a moment and think about your dream. Picture it. Feel the feelings you would have if you reached it. Haven’t dreamed in a long time? It may take some practice but be still and listen to your heart.
What are your barriers to dreaming big? Share them with us…
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!