Goals are dreams with deadlines — um, no

 

It’s a very Western saying. We tend to not like dreamers. Dreamers don’t get anything done. They sit around and, well, dream.

We can’t wait that long! We need a PLAN!

Dreams in the Bible were different. For Abraham, he had a dream. If he had put a deadline on it, he would have settled with Ishmael.

For Joseph, his deadline wouldn’t have been 13 years out and wouldn’t have involved slavery and prison.

We don’t want to just “dream.” We DO want to hear from God. And then we need to understand it is our faithful walk with God that will keep the dream alive, and then we realize we can allow that dream to go past even the deadline of our own lives.

Abraham never saw that “nation” God promised. It didn’t stop him from dreaming. That deadline wasn’t up to him. It was up to God.

Dream God’s dreams. Don’t give up. Walk with him. Let those dreams stir again.

 

The place of longing

There is a place of waiting God will take us. He will birth a dream in us and then it seems… the dream delays. The question at that point is this: “Will you keep pursuing? Will you keep asking? Will you keep longing for what God wants to do?”

For there is still a vision for the appointed time;
it speaks of the end, and does not lie.
If it seems to tarry, wait for it;
it will surely come, it will not delay. (Hab. 2:3, NRSV)

We want everything in a hurry. We hear something from God and think it’s going to happen… yesterday.

Let God birth something magnificent in you that will take your attention, your time, your passion. May you long for it to happen!

I want to have new dreams planted in my heart. I want to long for God to come and get it done. I need to learn to wait, to anticipate. We need to learn to have our eyes glued to the Father and what he has for us rather than what we want for ourselves.