The Book of Genesis talks about God’s dream of having a family, focusing especially on the story of Abraham and his offspring. While most know who Abraham is, few are familiar with Terah, his father. In Genesis 11, Terah is the one who received the original call to pack up his family and head towards Canaan. However, partway there, he stopped in the city of Harran and never continued his journey (Gen. 11:31).
I sometimes wonder what caused Terah to stay in Harran. I suspect that Harran, a city at a cross-roads, provided a comfortable place to settle down. This would make him a victim of one of John Maxwell’s dream barriers, the habit of settling for average.
It wasn’t until after Terah died that Abraham received his call to “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you” (Gen. 12:1). Abraham pursued the dream that God gave him and became the Father of Faith.
In fact, we can see Abraham act upon the Stockdale Paradox from Good to Great. In Genesis 15, Abraham complains to God that he is childless and that his servant will inherit his possessions. He actually says it twice, in both verses 2 and 3. However, when God promised him in verse 4 that his own son would be his heir, Abraham chose to believe God’s promise that things would work out in the end.
I believe that in 2015, God wants to revive, refresh, restore, or reveal His original purpose for our lives – those things that we dreamed of when we were younger.
The road to accomplishing God-sized dreams is not easy, and there are often great sacrifices required, but when it is a God-inspired dream, the rewards will outweigh the cost.
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