The Cost of Dreaming Big

2018 is right around the corner, and if you’re like me, you’re dreaming about what lies ahead in this new year.

I’ll be honest though, when this time of year comes around, I am sometimes afraid to dream big. Why? Because if I dream, and my dream doesn’t work out, then I’m in store for some major disappointment. On top of that, if I tell other people about my dreams, then they may see my failed dream as well. Talk about embarrassing!

It reminds me that there is a cost to having dreams, and often the bigger the dream, the bigger the cost. The story of Joseph in the Old Testament offers a good example.

Joseph had big dreams, and his brothers despised his dreams so much that they sold him into slavery for it. You may have some people around you, like Joseph did, who might discourage you from dreaming. There very well may be trials and accusations along the way as you pursue all God has for you. But in all of that, take heart because we know that’s not the end of the story. In fact, by the time we are done reading about Joseph, his dreams come true. God uses him to save Egypt and his family from a deadly famine because the dream God placed in Joseph had a grand purpose, and that’s why God still wants you to dream.

Jesus says in John 14:12, “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.”

You were created to do incredible things through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus spoke that over His disciples, that they weren’t meant to be ordinary, and the same is true for you and me.

So this new year, don’t let outside forces put a ceiling on your dreams. Maybe you want to get more in shape or read more books. Why shouldn’t you? Go for it! God made us to grow, to get better. Or maybe you have a dream to go on your first Global Team this next year or maybe you want to join a Lifegroup and take the leap to get connected. Whatever is in store for your 2018, we are praying that it will be your best year yet.

Just remember though, whatever dreams God has given you, the cost of seeing them through is always worth it. The best is yet to come!

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