Many of us, myself included, have big dreams and goals; we simply strive to accomplish a lot. Whether it’s a new ministry, revamping of an old one, or a calling from the Lord, we all – somewhere deep down – want “amazing” to happen. This perspective and mindset appeals to our desires and creates motivation and passion within our hearts. However, it’s dangerous when we dream too big.
I am not telling you not to dream big. In fact, I encourage it!
However, remember the infamous quote your mother said at the dinner table. “Looks like your eyes were bigger than your stomach.” When we dream too big we often leave things incomplete and uncomfortable. This is because often our dreams are bigger than our capabilities; at least those of the moment. Whether your ministry is trying to grow its congregation, build a web presence, or implement a new brand strategy, remember this: Dream big, start small.
By starting small you are able to build your dream to scale in increments that are tangible and feasible to you and your team. Now, I’m assuming that many of you would not be able to spell supercalifragilisticexpialidocious correctly on your first attempt. However, I know you understand the value of each individual letter and how eventually, together, they create the entire word. Dreaming within your ministries must be thought of in the same light. Think about the whole word (the dream) but spell it out letter by letter.
Some things to think about:
- What can I accomplish today?
- What are the individual pieces to this dream? How can I break it down?
- Who are the people that need to be involved in this dream?
- What are the limitations of what I can do?
- What are the questions that need answering?
- What is too big for me?