Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more.
Please don't take that the wrong way. My goal isn't to consider you as my personal silent shrink. Quite the contrary. What started out as a way to build a platform for my book Life with Bobby and Bonnie, quickly changed gears and became a way to encourage others. Holley Gerth has been teaching me that our God-sized dreams aren't about goals, it's about who we become on the way and the more we let go, the more God can do through us.
Anyway, for most posts (well, maybe not this one so much), there are three things I hope you do as you're reading: laugh (from a snicker behind your hand to an occasional guffaw), ponder (you know, that little bit deeper thinking we teachers like to force you to do once in a while), and sigh (the warm fuzzy kind, not the cold prickly kind). If you've stopped by for more than one visit, hopefully that means something in me (humor, challenge or encouragement) is connecting with something in you.
(Warning, warning, here comes another of my ADD jumps.) How do you like the ceiling graphic? I thought a picture James took of a tower was a good representation, but it morphed into this incredibly beautiful picture of a cathedral in France. There are two things that made it appropriate to my theme today.
The first critical aspect is the appearance of upward movement. It seems obvious that a God-sized dream is also God-focused, seeking and doing His will, not mine. Unlike some other pictures, I also appreciated the gradual, rather than abrupt, upward movement. For those of us without a drop of Kryptonite or Amazonian blood in us, gradual is good. And most days, it's only through the blood of Jesus Christ any progress is made.
The second pertinent feature of the cathedral ceiling to me is how each section works with, and is crucial to, the others. The highest peak isn't any more important than the lowest. Each section is integral to the success of the others, all working together for a common goal.
Upward and integrated. To me, that should describe more than a church nave, or the church's people. What if every day, in every place, with every person, we made it a priority to work together, support and move each other up or forward?
I know; there's some pretty hateful folks in the world. Is there anyone who doesn't have at least one sharing his/her space? And please don't think I'm an expert at this, just ask my family. I'm just wondering, would a little more effort on our part translate into fewer hateful folks?
Thanks for hanging out with me a little bit while you wait upon the Lord. My prayer is that you will gain new strength and lose a little weariness.
I'm so glad you have become a part of my God-sized dream. It finally clicked in my brain a few weeks ago that our dreams may not be about a tangible goal that can be measured as much as the journey, and how it carves us into something new and improved.
I'd love to hear about your God-sized dream and your journey. What pulls, tugs, grabs at you and won't let you go? If you aren't to a point where you can articulate it, check out the three books at the bottom of my "Bookshelf" under the "MORE" tab above. They have been real game changers for me. Maybe they will be for you, too.
Keep dreaming! Keep moving! And thanks for sharing the journey with me.
I'm linking this up with Coffee for Your Heart.
31 Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.