Sometimes the smallest things can pack the biggest punch. Todd
Wilson's newest book, Dream Big But Beware of the Dream Killers,
is one such small thing with a big impact. Within just 84 pages,
Todd manages to encourage those of us who have ever dreamed of
pursuing something--from unique careers to amazing feats (sailing
around the world, anyone?) to adopting a child from a foreign country.
What is keeping you from going after that God-sized thing that
He has put there?
Is it possible someone deflated your dream bubble because they
thought it was too risky ("You have a perfectly good job; why would
you walk away from an ample salary and solid benefits?"), improbable
("You don't even know how to sail a boat!"), or uncomfortable ("Aren't
the four children you already have enough?"). The world is full
of dream killers, Todd warns, and not only do we need to learn
to look past them, we most especially need to learn not to become them.
The book was good, I thought, and then I hit the section on our
children and their scary dreams. Shamefully I began to realize
that I really have killed some of my kids' dreams already. But
what if my teenager's dream is really stupid? Todd says, "God is
big enough to kill dumb dreams. You focus on loving your dreamer." Great
stuff, isn't it? Profound, really. And listen to this: "If you
don't [love your dreamer] and decide to take a stand against them,
then you will have no influence in their lives."
Big impact, small book. I think you'll want to read the rest.