What were you doing when you were 17 years old? I was in High School, trying to survive. My major thoughts centered on my classes, friends and boys and not necessarily in that order! I can’t say that I really had a “Big Dream” at that time but looking back now, I realize I had all of the ingredients.
One of my favorite quotes comes from the book “The Dream Giver” by Bruce Wilkerson. He said, “Like the genetic code that describes your unique passions and abilities, your Big Dream has been woven into your being from birth.”
There’s a Bible character named Joseph who I bet would agree with Wilkerson. He had a dream.
In Genesis 37, we meet Joseph, a 17 year-old boy, working in the family business. Ordinarily, one might think that 17 is way too young to have a “Big Dream,” but fortunately, for us, God didn’t think so. In fact, Joseph dreamt of greatness not once but twice. The Bible says, “Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, “Look I have dreamed another dream. . .” (Genesis 37: 9a). At 17, Joseph saw himself in places of authority doing things that he could only imagine. He dreamed of greatness.
What about you? Do you have a dream?
Dreams are those things that we hope and long for. And for many of us, before life got complicated, frustrating or difficult, we dreamt. As little girls we pretended, we played, we saw things, imagined what could be and should be in our lives. Dreams are usually something difficult to attain and they are far removed from our present circumstances. Joseph was feeding his Father’s flock—with his brothers—dreaming of being the one whom everyone in his family would bow down to. Dreams don’t necessarily make sense. They may not even seem attainable based on where we are at the present time. But dreams burn inside our hearts and they help propel our lives into purpose. We can’t shake them. God doesn’t want us to. He, after all, is the one Who gives us the dreams.
This week, think back to your childhood. Chances are, you had a dream. The questions below are designed to help you remember your dream!
- What did you want to be when you grew up?
- What kinds of activities were you involved in?
- What did you enjoy doing more than anything else?
- What did you dream about all the time?
- What dream has God placed in your heart?