I remember one of the first times I heard someone use the phrase, “I’m living the dream.” I was at the Qik-n-EZ Gas Station at Exit 90 in Springfield, Illinois around midnight, returning from a Harvest Conference. As I looked around waiting for the team, I bumped into a young kid buying drinks. I greeted him: “How’s it going?” He replied, “I’m living the dream, man!” [Here’s my post from that encounter ten years ago.]

When we say this phrase about others, we often mean they have it made. They seem to be living a dream life based on where they live or what they do (famous people for example). But we often mean the opposite when we say it about ourselves.

I recently read the book, Live The Dream: No More Excuses by Larry Winters. Here are three important aspects about truly living the dream:


The expectation you have as you begin a day, a project, or something new can set it up for excellence. Expect big things!

Too often, people assume failure or a negative outcome before it even begins. While many things are out of our control, you can decide to enjoy the experience. You can expect to be happy with your circumstances whatever happens. Expectation is a powerful force that can shape the way you respond.


Your brain is a priceless gift from God! Our thoughts shape our actions. We can program our minds for failure and mediocrity or success based on what we believe and think.

Scripture speaks to this and calls us to think about those things that are good, excellent, praiseworthy, noble, and so on (Philippians 4:8). We’re also called to set our minds on things above, not on earthly things (Colossians 3).

In his book, Winning The War In Your Mind: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life, author Craig Groeschel explains how we can begin to capture each thought as we re-route our go-to thoughts. Instead of leading to a plateau in our lives, good thinking will precede success.


Truly living the dream each day is about knowing your “why”. When you’re living out of a sense of calling and purpose, each day is a gift and powerful reminder of the good things in your life. You can apply these to each area of your life.

For example, if you are a parent taking a road trip with younger kids, you might be tempted to feel like you’re torturing yourself with all the craziness that goes on. Instead, remember “why” you’re taking this trip: Opening more time for connection and relationship with your children. Making memories. Opening their eyes to new places, important history, and unusual experiences.

Remembering the “why” reveals that you truly are living the dream. Know your “why” in work, life, relationships, ministry and more.


I plan on living the dream today:

Right here from my home (which isn’t a mansion), in the midwest (far from the ocean), with a big to-do list (most of which I need to do personally), working hard (early morning until evening), with a full schedule, and leading a pretty simple life. I am grateful for all of these. Each component reminds me of the joy and blessing I have in living out my calling!

Past decisions and setbacks don’t have to control today. Begin living the dream now.

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