I was honored to hang out with a group of elementary-aged kids last night and talk about their dreams. Several kids came forward and shared what they wanted to be when they grew up. The rest of us took time to ask God what He saw for that child’s future in context of “their” dream. We then communicated the pictures and words of encouragement that God gave us through the Holy Spirit. Each thought was recorded and the child went home with a list of “words from Heaven” regarding their dream.
On my way home I thought about what an awesome that experience was. Kids would normally be reluctant to share their dream with a bunch of other kids for fear of being ridiculed. Kids just naturally have a way of finding fault and making fun of each other. Actually, many adults do the same thing! We find reasons why the person’s dream is too big or too difficult to become reality. We tend to discourage because we don’t want the person living with their head in the clouds, or maybe we’ve just never learned how to dream. God, however, loves it when we lift our head to heaven and dream big. After all, He’s the One Who puts dreams in our hearts and gives us what we need on the inside to see them manifest.
It’s important that we take time to talk to God about our children’s dreams so that we can pray with His heart, not our own thoughts about what our children should grow up to be. God has a way of using the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. One child shared his dream to be a Lego designer. From that seemingly simple dream, God spoke that this child could become one that designs cities in God’s Millennial Kingdom! Your little “Bob, the Builder” might be one of God’s great architects laying out the streets of gold and building with precious gems.
Remember Jesus said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.” (Matt 11:25) The simplicity and humility of a child makes them a likely candidate to receive from God. Their thoughts are not complicated with all the disappointments, rules and religiosity that adults have acquired. We have the divine opportunity to cooperate with God by fanning the flame of passion in our children. We can help them most by teaching them to be wholehearted lovers of God. If our children are in love with Jesus, then their lives will be an expression of His love no matter what their occupation. When God’s children, no matter what their age, release His Love, His Glory, His Wisdom into the world, then the Kingdoms of this world become the Kingdoms of our God and of His Anointed One!