Sometimes we get caught up in what I would describe as  “Lesser Dreams”—dreams that may make us feel good temporarily or might be impressive to others, but have little true impact on the world around us. Maybe they’re the dreams we’ve settled for when our God-dream gets locked away or life overwhelms us.

You may wonder, Does it really matter if people don’t discover and live out their dreams? What’s so wrong about living a “good enough” life? It may not make you famous, but there is plenty in it to make life livable.

Well, there’s nothing wrong with that if you’re content to miss out on the great adventure God has planned for you. You have a dream. We all long for something beyond the big-idea dreams, beyond the childhood fantasies, even beyond the good desires of marriage, family, and career. These are dreams of significance, of reaching beyond ourselves to pursue things that matter, things that last. And God has those dreams for you; in fact, His dreams for you are far better than the greatest dreams you can imagine. But we need to unlock them to actually reach them.

Attempting to reach your own dreams can be good practice for attaining the God-dreams for your life. The ones that God has for you are perfect. He has put something inside you—an image, an idea, or an assignment. Maybe you can’t quite place it, but you know deep down it’s there. You just need to figure out what that dream really is, why you can’t give up on it, and how you can unlock it to experience life at the greatest level. Plus, the world needs you to reach them! You have no way of knowing how achieving your dream might impact someone else's ability to reach theirs … but God does! That’s why the dreams He gives us are so much bigger and so much more important.

Many times people get stuck in a season of life and can’t seem to move forward toward the goal. Even though their dream is still important to them, they are not sure how to keep going.

The apostle Paul summed up well my prayer for you as you begin this path to unlocking your dreams:

We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. 4 Colossians 1:9–10, NLT

Settling for lesser dreams or misinterpreting them may cause you to get stuck on a path that can jeopardize God’s highest dream for your life, but opening yourself to discovering and pursuing your God-dream will change your perspective and enhance your life pursuits. Look to God for His guidance, and allow Him to lead you not to the dreams you hoped for but to the dreams He intends for you.

Philip WagnerComment