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If you could do anything

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If you’re feeling stuck in a logjam in life, then here’s a question that can help you get unstuck: “If you could do anything in life, what would it be?” We get locked down by reality, immobilized by the bleak prospects of limited resources and options.  A featureless horizon stretches out b…
By Seth Barnes

jon praising the LordIf you’re feeling stuck in a logjam in life, then here’s a question that can help you get unstuck: “If you could do anything in life, what would it be?”

We get locked down by reality, immobilized by the bleak prospects of limited resources and options.  A featureless horizon stretches out before us and hope goes begging.  But a “what if” question can crack open our possibilities and activate faith.

Your dreams aren’t trash; they may seem as flimsy as gossamer to you, but they can come to life if you dare to believe in them.  Living a humdrum Groundhog Day existence can sap the verve and gusto right out of you.  You can forget the habit of dreaming.  Responsibilities, especially children and debt can weigh you down.  For some of us, depression comes calling. Serotonin levels fall. 

But what if you could do anything?  What if money were no object and you were unencumbered by responsibilities?  Would you write a book? Learn to fly?  Sail around the world? Start a business? Start a nonprofit?

We need to dream more.  We may be wearing the saddlebags of responsibilities, but we serve a God of miracles who delights in rewarding our faith.  He loves it when we trust him and especially when we trust him with something important like a dream he gave us.

We’re far too practical, asking the “glass-half-empty” question of “how?” when God wants us asking “why not?” He is the author of ideas – he drops them in our spirit all the time. 

Sitting here writing this blog I had the thought, “Start an organization that asks orphans for their dreams and then make them happen.  Call it, “Orphan Dreams.” I think it’s a God-thought.  I think God dreamed that thought and then handed it to me so maybe I could hand it to one of you reading this.  What could be more fun than helping an orphan’s dreams to come alive?  What if?

What if you could do anything?  It’s a beautiful, spirit-liberating proposition.  We need to unshackle our imaginations and our notion of how personal and powerful God is.  What is your dream? Speaking it out and sharing it is the first step in the process of bringing it to life. It’s time to start asking “what if?” more.

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