I’ve been writing recently about Wide Awake by Erwin McManus. There are many ideas that are brought out in this book, however, the main theme seems to be that we need to dream big and not be afraid to try to make those dreams our reality. Last night I posted 5 quotes that hit me hard from the book. Well, it’s now time to start expanding on those, 1 or 2 at a time.
The first thought is something that I feel like I have known for a long time, but was either afraid or just didn’t care enough to try to pursue it. Dreaming big can be a very, very scary thing, because the bigger you dream, the more chance of falling or failing increases. But failing is not always a bad thing, if you are at least trying to follow the plan or dream that God has for you. McManus writes, “If nothing can stop God, then who can stop you when you are pursuing him and living for his purpose?” Do you get that? If we are honestly pursuing God and living for His purpose, then who can stop us. We are really the only ones that can stop ourselves and that’s by being to scared to dream or to try to follow those dreams. And this is a thought straight from Scripture. Romans 8:31 states, “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
What stops us from following our dreams or living the life God created us to live though? If He’s for us, and Scripture tells us that He is, then why are we scared? Do we get caught up in a life that is good and forget that there may be a greater calling out there for us from God? McManus states, “I wonder if for many of us, the only thing stopping us from living the life God created us to live — the life of our dreams — is to let go of a life so good that it betrays the great . Are we willing to give up all the things we have right now to be able to obtain that which God longs for us tomorrow?” Wow! Stop being afraid to dream of and work for the life that God has created us for. Jeremiah 29:11 states, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” God has a life planned out us, but are we willing to give up what we have to go after what He has planned for us? How can we fail if we are pursuing God?
Enough for tonight. Feel free to let me know what you think. God bless.