In chapter three, Holley Gerth turns her attention to the heart or characteristics of a dreamer. She identifies the following traits:
- God-sized dreamers are faithful where they are.
- God-sized dreamers keep their hearts open to others.
- “In the face of difficulties, you have managed to guard what matters most and to press ahead with a resilience that makes you a force to be reckoned with for the kingdom.” I don’t know about you, but I want to be a force to be reckoned with for the kingdom. I want to move and be used for His purposes.
- God-sized dreamers encourage others. Here she talked about how God-sized dreamers see others and encourage the dreams they have. Sometimes I’m really good at this. Other times, I become so me-focused I have a hard time seeing anyone else. This is an area I’d love to grow in.
- God-sized dreamers are positive people. As she puts it, we don’t let the embers of our dreams die, but fan them to flame again and again. This certainly happened for me with the dream of writing. Periodically, it would flare to life and I’d explore it again. Maybe I’d read a book about how to write. I’d pray. And I’d ask God if this was His timing.
- God-sized dreamers don’t do it all. I struggle here. Anyone who knows me well knows that I am oh-so-slowly learning not to do it all. One of her comments really challenged me to keep growing in this area: Not doing it all means we can give our all to the One who matters most. Ouch!
- God-sized dreamers feed hungry hearts.
- God-sized dreamers pursue a different kind of ambition. We have learned we are enough because of Christ. Ouch! I struggle because I hear the voice that says I’m not enough. As I write this, I’ve had a day where it was screamed at me again. Something small happened, and I hear all over again that it did because I’m not enough. Such a lie, but so easy to believe. The reality is I am not enough, but Christ is.
- God-sized dreamers trust His love. We can risk because we are safe in His love.
- God-sized dreamers embrace enough. See above. I don’t have to prove my worth, because Christ is my worth.
So let’s talk. Does any of this resonate with you? Where does God have you right now? How can you be faithful today so you’re ready for where He wants to take you tomorrow?
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