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Dream BIG, take small steps

Big ideas from a passionate, intelligent, charismatic and articulate visionary can be incredibly inspirational even intoxicating. One such example is Martin Luther King Jr. for whom a National Memorial in Washington D.C. is being dedicated. Like the memorial itself, no one could ever accuse him of dreaming too small. The virtual tour is pretty cool http://www.mlkmemorial.org

In the realm of church life where I spend much of my time I often find that leaders struggle with two things. There are those who are afraid of dreaming big. It feels overwhelming or there is always that nagging thought, “What if I fail?” So they choose to play it safe.

Then there are those leaders who love to dream big, real BIG. They know the talk and they’re sincere in their belief that this vision is from God. Unfortunately they haven’t learned how to build the dream into reality. They’re in a hurry to get to the Promised Land. The notion of one small pain staking, deliberate step at a time is too pedestrian for them.

 The God we read about in the Christian Old Testament left his people in the land of slavery for 400 years. Then they were detoured on their way to the Promised Land for another 40 years. Great leaders like MLK Jr. aren’t afraid to dream big and his purposeful, courageous one step at a time is an example for leaders to emulate today. – Brian

2 responses to “Dream BIG, take small steps

  1. Jeff Wright ⋅

    Brian: Loved the way you connected the MLK story with the Exodus. A rabbi friend recently said to me that it took YHWH one day to liberate Israel, and it took Israel forty years to learn how to be liberated…for all of us, the road to Shalom is a long journey.

  2. Edmund ⋅

    Thank you for the very interesting reflection. I agree that many of us are frozen by fear and thus opt to stay put. Others dream big but both the visionary leaders and their followers expect instant results. However, between the fear-immobilized present and the grand vision is that middle space we call the journey. Too many of us forget about the journey, or at least attempt to bypass it. We are either afraid to start down the path or we expect to be instantly transported to the visionary finish line. And yet it is on the journey that truth is discovered and a full life is lived – and where the ultimate goal is, in some measure, proleptically realized. MLK understood that, as did Jesus and prophets like Isaiah. Where would we be without the record of the life journey of Jesus? Similarly, the exodus journey provides us with our soteriological paradigm. This is why we need to learn to celebrate the journey with all its joys and trials. That, in a nutshell, is one of the key roles of the Christian community. All great leaders in history have grasped this. They not only have the grand vision but ably lead people on the journey through the land of the “already and not yet”.

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