This morning over breakfast, Dan and I were talking about the dreams we have for GECHAAN and this area of Nigeria and what the future may hold for us here As we drank coffee, ate oatmeal and banana and laughed and talked, this idea came from our The Daily Love Talk Devotional Book that we read together in the morning by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott.
As we were talking, I was reminded of the goals and dreams that we used to have for ourselves, our family, our ministries, our life. You see, in our Amway days we were introduced to the idea of “dream building”. This was a concept pretty foreign to us at that time because we were kind of stuck in the “survive today” mode of life. Don’t get me wrong, we planned for our future, but we didn’t dream about what we wanted to do or who we wanted to influence, or what we wanted to change in this world. Our biggest dream was keeping our heads above water.
Tomorrow we are hosting the Global Leadership Summit here in Gembu in our hall. This is the first event that we are having strictly for uplifting, encouraging, and training leaders. We have experienced individually, and as a couple the joy of having common goals and dreams and working together to achieve them as a couple. We have also experienced many people inputting positive into our lives and good books and seminars teaching us leadership skills. For many years our dreams were separate and we worked on them separately. There is a beauty and intense satisfaction in working toward a goal together, as a couple and as a family.
I would encourage you married couples out there to find ONE thing that you can do together that you can make a difference in this great big World that God gave us. Sit down and discuss where you see this “dream” going. What can you contribute as a couple. What can you do together at whatever stage of life you are in. If you have young children, what can you do that involves them as well? Teenagers? What can you do as a family to better the world around you? Start teaching your children to dream. Dream about what they would like to see this world look like in the future and dream about the abilities God has given them that can make a difference out there.
My point for today is this: What would happen in your marriage, your family if you just did one thing together to serve others and make a difference in this world? What if you worked together toward the same goal, rather than many scattered, separate goals? What if you were intentional about working toward a common goal together? Are you stuck in survival mode? What can you do to get out of that cycle and get intentional? We are dreaming after 33 years of marriage, it couldn’t get better!