I’m not sure about where you live, but around here kids are starting back to school. Big yellow school buses are filling the streets this morning, and blackboards will soon be filled with names and equations and “I will not…” statements over and over and over.
But this is an exciting time of year and one in which kids of all ages will start to dream. With shaky handwriting they’ll scribble:
“I want to be an astronaut.”
“I want to be a firefighter.”
“I want to be a princess.”
“I want to be President.”
And though the handwriting is small, the size of each dream is always big. You see, kids don’t know how to dream small. As they survey the world with their little eyes, they can’t imagine anything other than flying to the moon, chasing down bad guys or dancing in the ballroom of a castle.
Small dreams don’t even make their radar.
So why do we adults tend to dream so small? Perhaps it’s because we give today too much power. We look at our current situation(s) and let them limit us or hold us down. We give in before we’ve even given it a shot… because of what might or might not happen. And so we end up dreaming manageable, safe, little dreams.
As Chick-fil-A CEO, Dan Cathy has reminded the Impact 360 community time and time again, “small dreams stir no man’s heart.” As leaders, we must cast a grand vision to genuinely capture people’s imagination. The bigger they are, the easier they are to inspire people.
We have all been created in the image of a big, powerful, creative and inspiring God. We can dream big, because He created us that way. And He has created all of us to be something very special. You may not be perfect, but you have been perfectly designed to fulfill His purposes for your life.
You may not have a clear vision of what your purpose is at this moment, but you DO have the opportunity to dream big today and then go for it…
So, what do you want to be when you grow up?