My daughter Ainsley and I share a dream. We have shared it for many years now. It has guided some of our decisions. It has been the focus of many conversations. It has forced us to think outside of the box. In many ways it has brought us together.
Our dream is to do the Amazing Race together.
Whenever the show is on, we watch it and talk about it. Our dream means we are not passive when we watch the show. We talk about what teams did well, good ideas they had, and how we would make decisions in the same moment – or even the strategies we would employ at a Road Block or Detour.
It spills into our daily life. At times we will issue challenges, usually around eating some sort of disgusting food, as a preparation for what may come in the race. We go to adventure shops and look at the types of backpacks we will need on the race.
It’s all in good fun, and we realistically know that the show is not likely to still be running by the time Ainsley is old enough to compete in it. Yet as fragile as our dream is, it has the power to impact our life here and now.
What dreams do you have for your life? What goals are there that you want to achieve? What hopes do you want to see realised?
I suspect if you have one it may well affect your life. The things you talk about. The choices you make. The way you spend your time. If you share it with another, it may well bring you closer together. This is the power of a dream.
Going on the Amazing Race with Ainsley is not my only dream. I have many, and they impact my life now.
The dynamic of a dream raises a question for me. Knowing the power of a dream, how many of my dreams include God, and His purposes and values?
Maybe it is time for us to dream a little? But do so with God. What could He do in and through you? Spend some time alone and listen? Journal? Get to know your God given strengths, gifts, passion, personality and so on. Dream a little with God. It may well effect your life here and now more than you think.