My flowers look tired, the days are shortening, and back-to-school end-caps dominate every store. It must be the end of summer.
Although I’m sad that the days of no alarm clocks and leisurely evenings are coming to an end, I’m always ready for more structure and a renewed work schedule at this point on the calendar. I’ve started gearing up by making action items lists for growing my personal speaking ministry, refreshing my website and generally upping my game. I’m a sick, listing-making girl, so that’s just how I roll.
I’ll share some of my ideas for starting the new season off with growth next week, but right in the middle of my list-making fervor, I realized that my proverbial horse was panting along behind the cart. Correcting my priorities is where I want to start this week.
I’m currently reading Michael Hyatt’s Platform, a can’t miss book for all speakers and writers, and in the chapter titled “Think Bigger…No Bigger!”, I read this quote:
“Don’t listen to that mocking little voice that tells you to be more realistic. Ignore it. You can either accept reality as it is or create it as you want it to be. This is the essence of dreaming–and thinking big.”
I love that idea. Ignoring the voice that says, “It can’t be done” is the beginning of embracing big dreams.
But I also realized that following my own dreams will ALWAYS be too small. So I wrote myself this note below Michael’s quote:
Start by consulting God about His dreams. They’re bigger than your own. Walk in His dreams, and they’ll definitely come to pass.
Now, I want to be clear. I met Michael Hyatt briefly at She Speaks and also heard him speak. He’s a godly man who I know assumes we’ve already taken this step to consult God before we write down our dreams and goals.
But sometimes I forget.
I had a very long list developed for the new year, and I hadn’t prayed about that list. At. All.
So I’m backing up, and I’d love for you to join me. The week Nolan starts back to school, I’m going to do a day retreat with Jesus. Right now (and unless I am led differently) I’ll find an empty room at my church to spend the school day in silence, worship and study. I’ve done this a couple of other times, and God hasn’t let me start with any big plans. I show up in the silence with my Bible, a notebook and a pen. That’s it, and then I let God lead.
I’ll listen for His plans.
I’ll record His dreams.
And then I’ll make my fresh list, based on the guidance of The World’s Biggest Dreamer.
Let me know if you’re going to join me, and I’ll pray for your Retreat with Jesus if you’ll pray for mine!
(Ok, I’m cracking up…and I had to share. Before I even hit “Schedule” on this post, I decided I needed to make my retreat with Jesus official by putting it on my iPhone calendar. I can’t type worth diddly on my phone, so I enlisted Siri. Here’s what she said to me at the end, “I set up your event with Jesus. Would you like to confirm?” I don’t know why it tickled me so much to hear Siri say that. She makes it real for sure!! Event with Jesus confirmed.)