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Dare to Entertain Big Dreams
Catherine Galasso-Vigorito (www.anewyouworldwide.com)
There is a picturesque lake near our home, and when I pass by it and look out into the clear blue waters, I smile as I think of a story that I heard about two friends who were fishing.
Early one day, the two friends, Mark and Bill, decided to go fishing at a lake across town. It was a beautiful, sun-filled morning, and equipped with their fishing rods and some bait, they planned to fish for the entire day in the pristine, open waters.
As the morning hours lengthened, one of the friends, Bill, had an odd fishing practice. When he would catch a fish, he would examine it closely. And, if the fish was really big, Bill would gently toss it back into the glistening lake.
All through the day, the two friends covered more ground, and next they moved near some large rocks to fish. Once again, if Bill reeled in a really large fish, he’d look at it, and then toss it back.
Thereafter, Bill cast his bait near a lily pad, and before long he caught another large fish. Yet again, Bill inspected it and tossed it back into the lake.
Many hours passed, and watching curiously, Mark asked his friend sternly, “Bill, why are you throwing back into the lake all the really large fish that you catch?”
Quickly and matter-of-factly, Bill answered, “Well, I only have a very small frying pan in which to cook them.”
Has something happened that has caused you to toss away your dreams and goals? Are you reluctant to dream really big dreams?
We all face challenges and setbacks that initially seem to be insurmountable. And then, because of those unforeseen problems, similar to Bill who tossed back into the lake all the ‘big fish’ that he caught, we too, may toss back our big dreams, big goals, and big opportunities for our future.
Do not limit yourself by your present situation. Allow yourself to dream and to imagine the life that you desire to live. Think of it this way: Five years from now, if there were no obstacles in your path, what big dreams would you have implemented? If your potential was unlimited, what kind of life would you create for yourself and your family?
The key is to first dream big, God-sized dreams, think big thoughts, creating a clear mental picture of where you are going. For we tend to travel in the direction of our dominate thoughts. Then, with faith, call those big dreams forth, ‘as if’ they were already here, and work toward them.
In the Bible, Abraham was a great role model of faith. Even when there was nothing left to hope for, Abraham still hoped and believed. Abraham hoped where there was no human hope. “Why?” you may question. Because his trust was not in human capabilities, it was in the divine power of God. Abraham was called, the “father of all who believe.” Romans 4:11. And we need that sort of steadfast faith to safeguard us when we are pursuing our big, God-sized dreams.
Perhaps, fears have threatened to pull you down. Maybe you received some discouraging news. Or else, someone might have intentionally tried to hurt you. And at this point, you’re worn-out and tired saying, “It’s just not worth it anymore.”
But, keep in mind that God wants to bless you. He wants to give you the desires of your heart. He wants you to succeed. Therefore, don’t settle and toss away your precious dreams. Now is not the time to get discouraged. Now is not the time to quit. A reader, who has recently overcome some tremendous difficulties, had this suggestion, “When uncertainties bombard you, recall that God is your refuge; He’s all-powerful and stronger than anything you could face. Do not be dissuaded. Expect a miraculous intervention.”
If some doors have shut on you, find the courage to keep walking through to another door, a better door. Although a person you trusted may have deliberately betrayed you. Forget it, let it go and carry on. When you don’t have the strength to stand up on your own, seek out faith-filled, positive people who will lift you up, encourage and inspire you.
There is an abundance of joy in your future. Thus, never renounce your higher aspirations. Continue to follow your heart and like Abraham… hope and believe.
God has not brought you this far to give up on you now. It’s time for His favor. It’s time for God’s blessings on your life. A miracle is coming your way. There is victory in store for you. Choose to believe, “it’s possible,” and dream big, for with God, all things are possible.
I like this quote by Madeline Bridges that tells us, “There are loyal hearts; there are spirits brave; there are souls that are pure and true. Then give the world the best you have. And the best will come back to you.”
Dear readers, I believe in your great potential. You were created by God to influence others for His glory and for their good. So, dare to dream big, God-sized dreams and then go out and make all them come true!