Blogger: Wendy Lawton
Location: Round Top, Texas
Elizabeth Barrett Browning said: “God’s gifts put man’s best dreams to shame.” At the beginning of a new year, our job is to dream.
Hopefully by now, you’ve spent time analyzing the past year. Socrates said that the unexamined life is not worth living. I believe that. So once you’ve looked over 2011– seeing what goals were met, which were left for the coming year and which ones no longer matter– you’re ready to embrace another year. Wouldn’t it be awful if there were no new beginnings? If every day just lined up in a row? No Mondays. No Januarys. No first day in a new birth year. No opening day of school. No first game of a new football season.
Happily, that’s not the case. We are a people of new beginnings. My friend and client, Debbie Macomber, just celebrated the launch of her newest book, One Perfect Word. More than twenty years ago, Debbie and a group of her friends decided to pick one word for each year. Over the years that practice has shaped her life. When she took time to intentionally focus on just one word for a whole year it not only changed her life but it changed the lives of those around her. Debbie says in the book, “In this information age words swirl around us every day. Tens of thousands of words—maybe a hundred thousand words on a crazy, busy day. We read newspapers, we check out blogs, we may follow Facebook and even Twitter. We respond to e-mail and we listen to real people talking . . . and talking . . . and talking. We drive with the radio on. We try to squeeze in time to read books and magazines. We may turn on the television at night. Words come at us incessantly.” She suggests we all go on a word diet and instead of trying to take in millions of words we concentrate on one word. One perfect word.
I started following her practice a few years ago when I read her book Thursdays at Eight. I highly recommend it. In fact so much so that I decided to choose just one word to blog about each day this week. I chose five words that are vitally important to you on your writing journey. Of course they are five words that are vital to living a life that matters.
Your word for today is: Dream.
We are called to dream. To imagine what could happen. I’m reading a book that just came out a couple of weeks ago,The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. If you want to be challenged to live big, this is the book for you. In it, Batterson says, “If you’ve never had a God-sized dream that scared you half to death, then you haven’t really come to life. If you’ve never really been overwhelmed by the impossibility of your plans, then your God is too small. If your vision isn’t perplexingly impossible, then you need to expand the radiuses of your prayer circles.”
Perplexingly impossible. That sounds like trying to get published in this ever changing climate doesn’t it? In the Bible study, Chase the Lion, based on his other book, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, Batterson says, “I think part of us wants God to reduce the obstacles. We like situations where the odds are in our favor. But sometimes God allows the odds to be stacked against us so he can reveal more of his glory through it.” Hmmmm.
I’m dreaming big for 2012. Dreaming big for myself and dreaming big for my clients. How about you? Are you going to dream impossible dreams? Are you brave enough to tell us what you are dreaming? Remember that when we say the words, we commit to the dream. What are your dreams for the future?