Friday, January 25, 2013
Believing in the impossible.
I read this quote the other day on a friend's facebook wall. I had two thoughts:
1) In my day to day life, that's so incredibly true. I do tend to organize my days around what I need to--and think I can--do. On my own, that is. And like Tozer says, that's a pity. I want to work on that.
2) BUT in my life in general, I really feel I've been conditioned to dream...and dream big. And hope...and hope big. Dream and hope for things that would never be possible on my own.
Maybe that's the influence of a hundred or so viewings of Anne of Green Gables. Or perhaps it's a part of my natural personality.
But more, I think it's the result of so many amazing, encouraging people around me. People who have dreamed and hoped with me and taught me to believe for the impossible. Not saying I've never had doubts about this or that dream...or stupidly tried to do things on my own...or kicked myself for getting my hopes up too high.
But then I think, after reading Tozer's quote, is there even a place called "too high" when God is involved? I don't think so. However crazy and out-of-this-world my dreams might sometimes feel, however impossible, they can never be bigger or crazier-in-an-awesome-way than God's dreams for my life.
I'm so incredibly grateful for the people--especially my parents and grandparents, friends and fellow writers, high school youth leaders--who have fed and continue to feed that assurance in my heart that the impossible is always, always possible with God.
And I'm realizing more and more, I want to be that for other people. So here's an attempt: Be encouraged today, friends! God wants to do the impossible in and through us. Let's be ready for it. Let's plan for it. Let's look for the ways He's already at work making the impossible possible. Let's be the people He's looking for.
And now, let's chat! Are there people in your life who have encouraged you to dream big? Do you find it hard to hope for the "impossible?" How do you think we can continually condition ourselves to stop planning for, as Tozer says, only the things we can do on our own?
p.s. I had the fun of being interviewed by the ladies of Writing 4 Two for their Feature Friday. I'd love it if you'd stop by. Thanks for having me, Shannon and Gina!