As kids, we dream. We imagine that we can do big things. My preschooler told me today that he’s going to be a basketball player, or if that doesn’t work out, a dentist. And if that doesn’t work out, a singer.
Remember when you used to believe that life was an adventure ready to be found? I once read that writing down and claiming the things you really want to do makes it much more likely that you will actually do them. A few years ago I wrote a life list, a long dream-list of big and little things that I hoped I might do one day.
Since that time, I’ve done at least ten things on that list, including preaching a sermon, writing a book, making a teaching video and taking an awesome trip with my family (California here we come!) I thought today about what remains on my life list, and I added a few more:
- read lots of books
- always hold babies like a pro
- hold babies like a pro on another continent
- take each of my children on a “rite of passage” trip
- spend a whole weekend at a spa
- experience the thrill of big faith in our home and in our church
- go on a silent retreat
- find myself near beauty that takes my breath away
- take an awesome “girlfriends” trip to another country
- meet our Compassion children in Indonesia and Burkina Faso
- play the guitar
- be able to dance a real ballroom number
- write more books
- get a Ph.D
- have a five-hour dinner party
- sleep overnight on a boat
- climb a mountain
I’ve gone first so that you can feel free to dream big. Make today the day you name that adventure, whether big or small. Let’s dream together and encourage one another to live an adventure. So go ahead, say it:
What’s on your life list?