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How Big is Your Dream?

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When you think about what you want to accomplish in your lifetime, do you have a vivid picture? Now, let's look at this task from a different perspective. If you could fast-forward to the very last breath that you are going to take, what do you want to feel about how you lived your life? Was your life meaningful to you? Your family? Your community? Your country? The world? Did you fulfill the purpose that God intended for you?

If what you want to accomplish today does not give you the feeling that you want on the day you die, then your dream is too small. Often, when I write these articles, I'm really talking to myself. Hopefully, my inner dialogue will provide some benefit to you as well. I had a very humbling moment recently when I realized achieving all of my goals would fall short of the feeling that I want on my last day on the earth. There is a purpose that is planted deep inside who I am that desires to fulfill more of my potential than my current plan provides.

So, here's how I'm going to evaluate the size of my dream.

Me
If I were to fulfill my dream, would I be satisfied? If so, that's great, but it's only a start. If my dream only makes me happy, then I'm a very selfish person.

Family and Friends
If my dream satisfies me and my family and friends, then I've been able to look beyond myself. By looking beyond just what I want in this life makes me a more loving and giving person. It also ensures that part of me lives beyond my time on this earth. However, my contribution would still be limited to those that I touch and know personally. For me, it is still not enough to scratch my itch of destiny.

Society
If my dream satisfies me, my family and friends, and improves the world as a whole or in part, then I will have really stretched. It's possible that this dream could fulfill my intended purpose; however, there is still one other parameter that I need to explore.

God
If my dream contributes to society in an enduring way, some of my potential may still be untapped. The real test to see if my dream is big enough is to ask God. I truly believe that God will continue to reveal to me my intended purpose. After all, my real dream in life is to please God by achieving the vision that he has for my life. I want to be that "good and faithful servant".

Matthew 25:21 "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'"
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