Dare- have the courage to do something
Dream- contemplate the possibility of doing something
Just two words. These words can either cause us to daydream or actually put action to our dreams, goals and visions. When was the last time you dared to dream? As children we dreamt of having a special toy or going somewhere we read about in our books. When I was young I loved reading Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. I wanted Harold's magical purple crayon! When Harold wanted to go on an adventure he pulled out his purple crayon and created his dreams on the walls of his room. I can just hear all the parents gasping! Through the pages of Harold's Purple Crayon the author took me on many adventures. He expanded my dreams. He taught me to dare to dream. All these years later I remember Harold fondly. Perhaps this is why I continue to love purple.
When I come alongside leaders I often wonder what their dreams are for themselves and their organizations. I even dare to ask them! Some respond fairly quickly and others take much longer to gather their thoughts. I wonder what would happen if they were in a room with Harold's purple crayon? What would they draw? I heard an interesting progression that happens once we dare to dream:
A dream written down with a date becomes a goal.
A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan.
A plan backed by action becomes a reality.
What are your dreams, goals and desires? In Ephesians 3:20 Paul writes:
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen
Did you catch that? Paul is telling us to dream! Dream BIG! What are those dreams you would love to see come to reality? We can never out dream God. It's time to grab your purple crayon and go on an adventure with God! Harold might even be willing to loan you his!