We’ve all probably seen the 1946 Christmas classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a million times. I have to be honest in that I never saw the movie until a girlfriend during my second senior year in college demanded that I watch this black and white film.
By the time you’re done with the movie, you realize that you do have it pretty well. You also realize that the world wouldn’t be the same without you in it. But a day or two later you get mired down in life and all that inspiration falls to the wayside until next Christmas.
Just this past weekend, I was scrolling through the radio stations and I heard a preacher state that God has created you to do GREAT things in life. “You’re to live an extraordinary life,” he continued. I didn’t hear much after that, but I can tell you that I heard the message that seemed as if it were spoken only to me.
I think that message was directed to me in that I have had dreams and visions of doing something extraordinary. I’ve had it since I was a kid. But what really hit me is that all these years later, it really hasn’t left me. You see, I’ve been struggling with this for most of 2016. What is that one thing that I can do in order to raise people up. The ideas have morphed into a plan and specific direction. So when I heard Mr. Radio Preacher telling me that I’m supposed to do something extraordinary, the stirring continued.
Often times I wallow in what I haven’t accomplished, and, as a result, let go of even bigger dreams. Ouch. Did you hear that? My modest accomplishments don’t seem big enough so I surrender the bigger dreams instead of embracing them.
It’s not like my life isn’t extraordinary. It is. I have an awesome wife (Michelle) and 5 kids who keep me sharp and on my toes. I’ve written a critically acclaimed book (although the sales aren’t NY Times levels), I’ve had sooooo many call, text and e-mail me as to the impact that I’ve had on their life.
But I know that if that was it, I may as well pick out my plot and buy a casket. We were never called to rest on our laurels. A bigger mountain awaits us. So, finally, I’m incorporating and putting my dreams to paper. I have a plan. I’ll use my talents and learn along the way.
What is it you’re called to do? I know it’s something that I wasn’t called to do. The drudgery of today evaporates when you have your purpose. It rarely drops on your lap. You need to seek it out, and as you do it becomes more and more clear.
Proverbs 29:18 speaks truths….Where there is no vision, people perish.
Find your passion, embrace it and use your talents to achieve your dreams.