At Your Best

Day 3 of 5 • This day’s reading


What’s Your Dream?

I love asking people what their dreams are. 

Sometimes the dreams feel big. Entrepreneurs cast vision about the new idea that they’re struggling to get off the ground amid a million obstacles. CEOs tell me how much they long to find an alternative to the incessant pressure. I’ve talked to so many people who want to write a book or launch a podcast but just can’t find the bandwidth to pull it off. 

Sometimes the dreams are so simple they make me smile because all of us have beautiful things and people that somewhere along the line got squeezed out of our lives. One woman told me that what she really wanted was a weed-free garden—her plants used to be so life-giving to her. Another told me she used to paint watercolors and would love to get back the spark that painting created in her life. 

Sadly, constant stress denies so many people permission to dream or to accomplish what they’re called to do.

You probably have a dream—or maybe even a calling—that went into hiding long ago or seems so impossible that you’re afraid to say it out loud or even admit it to yourself. Learning to do what you’re best at when you’re at your best will give you space to dream again and the time to pursue that dream.

I don’t know what your goals and dreams are or what your calling in life is, but I do know it’s possible not only to become de-stressed and to avoid burnout and to come back from it but also to thrive. To live fully alive. 

I would love for you to pull yourself out of the soul-sucking bog that passes for existence—the job you can never get ahead on, the dreams you let die, the soul you’ve neglected, the endless social media scroll that makes you envious, angry, and vacuous all at once, the numbness you’ve allowed yourself to believe is normal—and embrace an approach that will be much more life-giving. To truly be at your best. Not somebody else’s best, but yours.

Let’s you and I be like the apostle Paul, able to say, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).

What is your dream?