Dream BIG

Art by  @jennakutcher

Sometimes I wonder if people daydream anymore, like truly, deeply daydream. I mean think about it, as a little kid we probably would spend hours lost in our daydreams and the worlds of imaginary friends. I know I sure did. We were going to be superstars, world travelers, firefighters, police officers. We had the whole world to explore and take on. So when did we become content watching others do it instead of stepping up to the plate and doing it ourselves? Sure, there are those of us who still daydream; who create, and generate, and pursue. But there are a great deal of us who would much rather find contentment looking at other people and being jealous of them than letting it be a call to a greater, far grander life.

Hours spent scrolling through Instagram, Facebook, blogs, Pinterest; wishing we could just jump into the lives of the people we see in pictures. Can I get an amen?  I know for a fact that I am guilty of it. When did I stop daydreaming?

And when did I start to let other people’s successes keep me from my own?

Picture this: I want to begin a project on that honey-do list that I have been meaning to start for months but haven’t found the time for. I pop open my computer and beginning scrolling through Pinterest, hoping to find exactly what I am looking for. And then I realize, hours later, that instead of getting started on that project, all I have accomplished is allowing defeat to take the place of excitement because I have spent so much time wishing I had a home that looked like that, or the creativity to complete that kind of project. Does that sound familiar? I know I can’t be alone in this, but I will venture to say that it is indeed a very lonely place to be.

There are seven billion people on this planet and sometimes we put way too much clout in a handful of individuals as being “goals”. When in reality our real “goal” should be striving towards the purpose that we were created for. So again I say, when did we stop daydreaming? And why did we stop? Sure, social media is an easy one to blame because it is an outlet that creates a perfect place for these feelings to grow. However, I think this lack of daydreaming stems so much deeper in our human nature than just social media. I think it is the deep fear of being singled out, not being good enough, or worse, putting ourselves out there only to be deemed a failure by other people’s standards.

So what if we adjusted our standards? What if, instead of comparing ourselves to each other, we compared ourselves to who we were yesterday? Two months ago? A year ago? What if our goal was to each and every day actively pursue a better version of ourselves based on where we have come from and where we are going?

I would venture to say that our world would be full of people striving to be better, and not for everyone else but for ourselves. A world full of people that had visions and dreams, people that were not in boxed in by worldly standards but people that were shattering the boundaries of what was thought to be impossible.

Jesus said that he came that we may have life and live it to the full. Living life to the full is different for each and every one of us. And I believe that we are doing a great disservice to our Creator and to ourselves if we are always trying to live life to the full based on who we wish we were. Now, I will be the first to admit to this because Lord knows contentment is hard friends. But I believe that finding contentment is the first step to opening up the vastness of opportunities that Jesus has laid out for us. So. Will you dare to dream big? 

Madelyn Reiff