Little did I know this year of deciding to LEAP would also be about daring to dream. I'm clinging to this truth about dreams:
God dreams for me.
The Creator of the whole entire world, the universe, and infinite outer space, dreams for me. The One who walks on water, heals the paralyzed, and raises men from the dead, dreams for me. The God who brings water from rocks, splits the Red Sea, and uses boys to defeat giants, dreams for me.
The Bible is filled with stories of people who follow God's dream. They put down their dreams and pick up God's. Noah builds an ark. Daniel faces the lions. Mary is an unwed mother. Paul goes to prison.
The Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, never stops dreaming. I'm here for this time and place to fulfill a dream. It's why Jesus said:
If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. (Mark 8:34-35)
Part of living the dream is knowing I have to put down my hopes in order to pick up the dream that is just for me. If I don't pick up the dream God has for me, then I lose my life. In other words, I miss the point of living, and I miss the blessings.
It takes faith to accept a dream from God. (Plus a good dose of humility.) Finding the dream for your life isn't about figuring out what makes you happy. It isn't about finding what you're good at doing. It isn't even about making money.
It's about obedience. Doing what I'm made to do, even when it doesn't make sense. I'm enamored by people who follow their dreams. Often it seems so natural and easy. From the outside it seems like they are living a dream based on happiness and talents and treasures.
In reality, there is risk every step of the way. There are moments upon moments when they choose to do things they are afraid to do. When people dare to follow God's dreams, when they leap, there is always fear.
The feeling of fear is a sign of living with purpose. It is proof of obedience. It is faith in action.
I've been reading about dreams. Here are two of my favorite books on the topic.