116 || Two Simple Reasons Your Dream is Not About You || Merritt Onsa

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God has a plan for His people and His Kingdom; that means He has a plan for you and your life, too. You likely have a dream of your own, a passion that burns deep inside and makes you want to leap from bed in the morning.

Maybe your dream is a desire to change the world for the better, or make beautiful things, or teach others what you have learned on your journey. Whatever it is, God put it in your heart on purpose.

When that dream begins to bubble up, you might be so busy doing what I did – figuring out the next steps – that you completely forget to ask who your dream is meant to serve.


This episode will coach you through a list of questions to ask yourself, journal and to pray over as you consider who your dream is for, because one thing is for certain, if it’s from God, your dream is not solely about you.

This solo episode is tied directly to my last three solo episodes (#107- You are a Daughter of the King and #110 – You Have Great Value and Worth, and #113 – You Were Created for a Reason) in case you want to listen in order.  

There is a homework assignment with this one; scroll down to find the list of questions, grab your journal and your favorite beverage, and spend some time figuring out who your dream is really all about.

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Episode 107 – Solo Episode – You are a Daughter of the Most High King
Episode 110 – Solo Episode – You Have Great Value and Worth
Episode 113 – Solo Episode – You Were Created for a Reason

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HOMEWORK - Questions to ask yourself:

  • Am I making this dream about me?

  • Who does my dream serve? How does it serve them? How will they benefit?

  • How will the realization of my dream contribute to that which brings wholeness out of brokenness?

  • How will the realization of my dream contribute to that which makes things new?

  • How will the realization of my dream point to that which unites (reconciles) what’s been torn apart by sin?

  • How is pursuing this dream a devotion of yourself, and all that God’s given you, to good works?


 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

~ Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV)


Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”
“Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”
“Which ones?” he inquired.
Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’”
“All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”
Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?”
Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.
 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.

~ Matthew 19:16-30 (NIV)


Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 
~ 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)


But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
~ Titus 3:4-7 (ESV)


All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
~ 2 Corinthians 5:18-21 (ESV)

 The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people.
~Titus 3:8 (ESV)


2:15 – Thanks for responding to my listener survey
2:30 – How I don’t have it all figured out
3:10 – You dream isn’t really about you
3:14 – Why I’m doing solo episodes and what came before this one
4:57 – This episode may feel like a contradiction to the last solo I did
5:48 – If your dream is from God, what you feel about it is powerful
6:11 – If your dream is not about you, who is it about?
6:15 – Why we are to love God and love others
7:15 – Who will your dream serve?
8:05 – Matthew 19, the story of the rich young ruler
9:26 – How God uses our gifts and our weaknesses
10:00 – Who your dream is about before it will ever be about you
10:10 – Recommending a podcast I’m enjoying these days
11:05 – Dreaming for His Kingdom might feel overwhelming
11:29 – Jesus came for Redemption
12:45 – He paid our redemption value and what your dream has to do with redemption
13:25 – Jesus came for our Renewal
14:42 – About The Passion of the Christ movie
16:22 - What your dream has to do with renewal
16:39 – Jesus came for our Reconciliation
18:19 – What your dream has to do with reconciliation
18:47 – What your dream has to do with good works for God’s people
19:38 – How to know if your dream is just a hobby or personal interest
20:03 – A litmus test for determining who your dream will serve
20:21 – A recap of all the homework questions
21:22 – Your dream doesn’t depend on you
21:43 – The freedom of having a dream that is beyond you
22:23 – Big dreams require us to be on our knees in prayer
22:51 – My prayer over you
27:45 – What’s coming in the rest of April and in May
28:26 – The theme for the month of May: fear
30:35 – I’d love to hear from you with topic suggestions for my next mini-episode

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