There is more to life than eating right, getting in shape, saving for retirement, and the like. These are great achievements, but they often lead us to playing it safe and missing the abundant life Christ offers.

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Kids are known for their big dreams – spending hours imagining who they will be when they grow up.

But somewhere along the way, we stop dreaming. Or more accurately, we stop sharing our dreams with others and even admitting them to ourselves.

Perhaps someone made fun of us or we simply bought the lie that adulthood was just about maintaining the status quo – doing whatever was safe, predictable, and realistic.

While childhood dreams often must be tempered with a healthy dose of wisdom (it takes much more than a dream to become a professional football player), we still tend to sell ourselves short.

We no longer wonder about the deep desires of our heart and settle instead for paying bills, the occasional vacation, and buying the latest in gadgets.

Big hairy audacious goals call us to dream again and to remember those desires that make our hearts come alive.

Maybe we finally write that book, start the business, or switch professions as we’ve always secretly dreamed.

Whatever the actual goal is, it’s big, hairy, and audacious enough to motivate our continued movement toward it, even if it takes a lifetime.

Safe and predictable goals are easy to accomplish. But we’re more prone to a life of regrets when these are all we’re living for.

We need a vision that will inspire us and keep us going through all the ups and downs of life. And a vision that makes a meaningful impact on the world around us as well.

Dream big. What are the big hairy audacious goals God has placed on your heart?

Dr. Corey Carlisle

Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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