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