I want to make the most of my time here on earth. And so I love to dream. I especially love to instill that same drive in my children. I want them to be God-dreamers – earnestly seeking to be used by God for His glory. It is not uncommon to hear me encouraging my children to follow God with all of their heart, soul, and strength. I encourage them often that He will use them to change the world and I believe He will. The pages of the Bible describe men and women God used in mighty ways. They were often unsuspecting heroes in God’s Story. All of them imperfect, but each of them, asked to do hard things and…they went for it, no matter how impossible the task seemed. Abraham left his hometown. Moses confronted Pharaoh. David fought a giant. The disciples left behind businesses, friends, and even family. The list goes on, but the point is clear – following God’s calling is not easy. We live in a culture that highly values comfort, simplicity, and ease. This breeds the tendency within us to want a method to follow. If we just do A, then B will work out. We think we MUST be doing something wrong because it shouldn’t be THIS hard.
It’s tempting at times, to lose heart and perspective. The Christian life, in general, is a call to endure, even when it’s not easy. But this is not a hopeless and helpless trudging through life. God always gives us hope in the middle of hard things. As we teach our children what it means to “dream big,” I believe we must first teach them what it looks like to trust God. These two truths are so important to instill in our children.
1. God gives us His presence. The writer of Hebrews reminds us of this great truth. Hebrews 13:5 says, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” In the hard things and hidden places of life, God is present. He is with you and for you. He doesn’t just give you the calling; God gives you the comfort of His presence.
2. God gives us a promise. Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Did you catch that? Paul says, “We will reap a harvest.” We might not be able to see it now, but all of the hard work produces a harvest.
Following God’s plans for your life will always be risky. It will always be hard. God gives you His presence and a promise. May His grace give our children all they need in Christ, to press on in their calling, for Christ. And may the hard work lead to a harvest of world-changing, kingdom conquering, Jesus loving giants of the faith!