The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
I have some dreams yet to fulfill in life. I have yet to make it to the redwood forest, manage a heavy metal band, or perfectly shine rocks in a rock tumbler. If I can make it to my minimum target age of 72 I hope to knock out those and a few more dreams along the way.
Brooke and I recently sat down and made an intentional list of dreams. Honestly, we had to. We found ourselves in a really comfortable position in life. Things were stable. We were working and ministering with passion and finally cleared a season of health issues. Before we knew it though, another year had passed and the kids grew like weeds. We were at risk of thinking comfort was the same as living with vitality and adventure.
When John 10:10 refers to “the thief that comes to steal, kill, and destroy,” I always kind of assumed that as long as I didn’t feel like things were being taken from me then I must be living life and “having it to the full”. Truth is, if we are not dreaming and pursuing then it doesn’t matter if the thief comes or not…we were not advancing anyway!
When Jesus came to earth and died for us, it was for more than just our sin. He died for the value of what was underneath that sin. Our life and passions are of such great value that He paid the greatest price for us to be able to dream and explore what’s possible in Him. It’s an invitation to not just have life, but to have it to the full.
Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap. Ecclesiastes 11:4
Even when the dreams require resources we don’t have or are seemingly impossible we can set goals to pray for vision and direction. Let Him guide us to redefine what “life to the full” really looks like. Take an adventure in your faith with the Lord and dream again.