When was the last time that you intentionally took time to dream about the future?

If you are like me, dreaming about the future dropped pretty far down on the priority list once I got married and had two children. That was my dream. And it was now reality. So there wasn’t really anything else to dream about, right?

On Friday, I spent two hours walking around the 100 acres owned by the church for which I work. As Church Administrator, I was looking at what needs to be done and making a list of those things. But I was also praying and dreaming about how God might choose to use the property for His glory. I was picturing what we could do now, soon and down the road. It was amazing to have that kind of time to just dream about future possibilities.

But even as I was basking in those feelings, I was realizing that I rarely take time to dream about my future. How might God choose to use me? My family? I ask for His guidance, and would say that I am listening, but in the grand scheme of things, that time is pretty non-existent. After all, I am the mother of two kids and work full-time! I don’t have time to dream! I have to wade through the day-to-day “stuff” just so I can maybe dream for a few hours at night as I sleep. 🙂

But I am not sure that is anything more than an excuse. I take time to run or exercise nearly everyday. What is stopping me from using that time to dream? Or really what is stopping me from making time to take a couple of hours a couple of times a year to dream and pray about both the long-term and short-term for my family? Nothing. Except me. If I would put it on my calendar, I would do it. But I don’t think about it. In the craziness of life, dreaming continues to fall to the bottom of the prioritized list. And it shouldn’t. Because if we aren’t dreaming, then we probably aren’t moving toward anything. And if we aren’t moving, we’re stagnant. And I don’t want to be stuck for the rest of my life, always doing the same thing, always thinking the same way, never moving forward.

So, I’m going to try to be more intentional to dream. I’ll probably still get busy and forget, but I am going to try. And that is a start.

How about you?