The road less taken
In my Sunday Inspiration on August 18 titled “The Circle Maker,” I shared about meeting Mark Batterson in person in Culpeper, VA at the dedication of the Culpeper Christian Community Center. Mark is one of my favorite authors.
At the time of his visit, Mark gave me a signed copy of his New York Times best-selling book, which I have really enjoyed reading and is taking my faith and prayer to a higher level. Here are some excerpt from The Circle Maker:
“When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed.” (Psalm 126:1)
Is it possible for a man to dream continuously for seventy years?
At some point, most of us stop living out of imagination and start living out of memory. Instead of creating the future, we start repeating the past. Instead of living by faith, we live by logic. Instead of going after our dreams, we stop circling Jericho.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Imagination is the road less taken, but it is the pathway of prayer. Prayer and imagination are directly proportional – the more you pray the bigger your imagination becomes because the Holy Spirit supersizes it with God-sized dreams. One litmus test of spiritual maturity is whether your dreams are getting bigger or smaller.
If you keep praying, you’ll keep dreaming, and conversely, if you keep dreaming, you’ll keep praying. Dreaming is a form of praying and praying is a form of dreaming. The more you pray, the bigger your dreams will become.
Our date of death is not the day etched on our tombstones. The day we stop dreaming is the day we start dying. The death of a dream is often a subtle form of idolatry. We lose faith in the God who gave us the big dream and settle for a small dream that we can accomplish without His help.
Nothing honors God more than a big dream that is way beyond our ability to accomplish. Why? Because there is no way we can take credit for it. And nothing is better for our spiritual development than a big dream because it keeps us on our knees in raw dependence on God.
Heavenly Father, thank You for instilling in me the desire to dream big dreams and pursue those. Thank You for directing my steps to keep me on the path to fulfill those dreams. Bless those who read this message with a desire to dream big until the day they die. Protect those dreams with people to provide support, encouragement, and accountability. In Yeshua’s name I pray. Amen and hallelujah.
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Blessings to keep dreaming until the day you die!
Joseph Peck, M.D.
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