The Crash and Burn of a God-sized Dream

The Crash and Burn of a God-Sized Dream

It all started as a strategy for outreach. We sat around a table and began to dream out loud, trusting that the fire of shared passion and the wisdom of group process would yield creative ideas for communicating the love of Christ to our community.

I don’t mind confessing that I loved my dream. We would offer free oil changes to those in need: the poor, the elderly, single parents, come one, come all! Coffee and brownies would make the most of the waiting time as those of us less talented with a wrench would fill cups and keep the conversation flowing. We prepared colorful informational brochures about our church and its programs. We bought supplies, spread the word, and waited.

Not one person signed up.
Not one person called to inquire.

The spectacular crash and burn of my dream rang in my ears for a long time. In fact, it was all I could hear, and it was ages before my idea spigot found its way back to the on-position once again.

I hope you’ll join me over at God-sized Dreams today where I’m reminiscing about a colossal failure early in my ministry life that convinced me of this truth:

Our story does not end with the death of one dream.

Click here to continue reading, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts (and maybe your shared experiences?) on the holy persistence that presses into a dream when all around you wafts the stench of failure.

God-sized Dreams

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Michele Morin

Michele Morin is a teacher, blogger, reader, and gardener who finds joy in sitting at a table surrounded by women with open Bibles. She has been married to an unreasonably patient husband for nearly 30 years, and together they have four sons, two daughters-in-love, two grandchildren, and one lazy St. Bernard. Michele loves hot tea and well-crafted sentences, poems that stop her in her tracks and days at the ocean with the whole family. She laments biblical illiteracy and advocates for the prudent use of “little minutes.” She blogs at Living Our Days, and you can connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.

18 thoughts on “The Crash and Burn of a God-Sized Dream”

  1. My God-sized dream was to have 5 children. Alas, after child #2 was born, I was hit with fertility issues. Although I begged God to remove that affliction from me, HE never did. For 17 long years, I carried my dream (even through a failed adoption). In the end, God gave me peace about the death of that dream.

    I remain a mother of 2, and since I’m fully in menopause now, there is no hope of another. I have peace about that.

    I’ve come to see that how we respond when God says “no” to our dreams and desires is the real measure of our trust in him.

    Thank you for sharing your story.


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    1. Patti, what a grace-filled response you have brought to this huge disappointment. Thank you for sharing the sadness of your “no” here, and for giving readers a glimpse of some of the heart work that needs doing when a dream dies.
      Blessings to you as you love on those two precious children.


    1. It’s always hard to share the “dark side” of our ministry experiences, but I’m trusting that the experience will be encouraging to others who are dealing with disappointment or failure in ministry. Thanks for reading!


  2. I was part of a Bible study soon after college entitled “Death of a Promise” where we went through so many people in the Bible, like Abraham and Sarah, who had to go through what seemed like a death of the promises of God before they saw any sort of fulfillment. I don’t remember many of the details, but the ideas have stuck with me for many years and this post reminded me of them. Great to have you link up at Booknificent Thursday on this week!


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