I’m not a big dreamer. As a child, the visions of adulthood that reeled through my mind looked much like a 1950’s TV show – predictable, comfortable, and safe. Risk repulsed me and restrained me from thinking up wild impossibilities. But for almost a decade now, God’s potter hands have been pressing into my heart, reshaping my every desire. And now, I want huge things. I want to join the ranks of God’s Kingdom as it advances through the hearts of His people. I want His Spirit to thrust my life into the realm of “more than I can ask or imagine” (Ephesians 4:21).
And while I’m still no big dreamer – especially in comparison to my brain-storming husband, I’m changing. Ridiculous and impossible plans whirl in my mind… for ministry, for the ways God might use me. My embarrassment in admitting these dreams dwindles as I grow comfortable with the possibility of failure. It isn’t the outcome that matters, but the obedience to God.
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We spent the bulk of last week boating and jet-skiing across Lake Pickwick, in the tree packed hills of north Alabama. It’s the kind of vacation filled with plenty… A spacious rental house packed with siblings, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. Counters overflowing with snacks and two fridges stuffed with delicious leftovers. Hours spent on a boat tugging rafts packed with giggling cousins through a lake stretching farther than we can explore.
I found myself thinking hard about the concept of abundance, probably because the entire week was filled with enough. Enough time to watch children shriek, chasing frogs through twilight. Enough energy to choose the hard hike back towards the house rather than drive, just because it felt good. Enough glorious self-forgetfulness to drip dry, exposed in the sun — no swim cover up, no self-consciousness, and hardly a trace of makeup remaining.
It feels so good to know there is enough.
Unfortunately, most weeks don’t feel like an abundant vacation. The limitations of “real life” set themselves up like road blocks, hindering us from reaching God’s beautiful adventures. I find my thoughts imprisoned in the web of all that is not enough…
Not thin enough.
Not organized enough.
Not talented enough.
Not enough time.
Not enough resources.
Not enough brain power.
Not enough energy.
Those bright, daring, God-inspired desires get choked by my mind’s screaming mantra of inability. How can I take wild risks in Jesus name when I hardly feel there’s enough time for a daily devotion?
How can you live wildly for Jesus when you’re hindered by “never-enough”?
“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things and at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8
God says He gives us enough. We have all we need to live even the wildest dreams of serving Him.
It takes faith, doesn’t it? Here’s a practical glimpse of what it might look like for you to believe you have enough:
- On a rushed day, as you sit with your Bible, tell God, “Okay, I don’t feel like I have enough time for this, but the truth is that this is where you provide the “enough” for my day.”
- Or when you get a text from a friend in crisis, you joyfully come to her aide, praying, “God, You can give me enough time and enough love for this.”
- Or, when you have a specific hope for how you might help many people see God’s beauty, you say, “God, this dream is bigger than I can make happen. If You want it to happen, then You do it. In me.”
In the end, God doesn’t just give His children enough. He gives us an abundance.
(You should really go read 2 Corinthians 9:8, 10-11 and Ephesians 3:16, 20-21. It’s all about God giving us enough—really, abundantly more than we imagine—so that we can live life His way, by His power. )