03 Nov “Dreaming Big” by Melissa Mitchell
I spend lots of time with people who have BIG dreams. Dreams of fame, fortune, power and influence. Dreams of grand travel and amazing accomplishments. Dreams of a life full of grand opportunities and ease. I spend a lot of time with kids.
Kids dream big.
I recall this from my own childhood. For the longest time I wanted to be a host on the Today show, I wanted Jane Pauley’s job! (I’m dating myself, I know.) I still recall my 6th grade teacher writing on my report card about me being on Broadway someday.
Then real life intervened, and here I am, living in Cranston. I grew up in Richmond (RI), a small town in South County. When I got my first official place on my own, it was in Exeter. My mom said “You always said you’d get out of Richmond someday, I just didn’t think it would be to Exeter.” Ouch.
As a parent it can be tough at times, I want children to dream big, to not be limited by their sometimes small beginnings, but where’s the balance? I also don’t want them to be set up for a big thud of disappointment. Most of us will grow up to live fairly ordinary lives, bringing home an okay paycheck to support our average home.
The comfort I find in all of this is the power of seeking God’s will and knowing that God’s has a good plan for my life.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
God has good plans for my life, whether I am the President of the United States or President of my child’s PTO. God wants to use me wherever I am—in my local neighborhood or from the stage of a grand theater. Knowing that the God of the universe is thinking of me, and wanting to use me in the lives of others is amazing! It gives my life meaning and purpose beyond my own grandiose plans.
Proverbs 16:9 “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”
I’m glad the Lord establishes my steps (when I’m choosing to follow Him). Often my own plans are not as great as they seemed. I really can’t imagine getting up that early every day to work at the Today show, or sustaining the crazy life that would come from being in the theater. I like routine and calm and quiet too much!
Following God’s plan for me is the way to true happiness, true peace, and that is a big enough dream for me!