Can we be honest for just a second? I mean, it’s just you and I right now, so it’s safe and I’ll be honest if you will. We can consider ourselves sharing………..your secret is safe with me.
I’ve had a number of ah ha moments in my life that have lead me to some form of course correction. Probably the most impactful, and one that I can say shocked me into action, was tracking my goals, and realizing through journaling everything that occurred between the date I declared I was doing something, and when it finally was completed if at all.
What was painfully obvious, is all of the things that got in the way. Let me say that differently, all the things, I allowed to get in the way. Sadly, the majority of those things were either helping someone else, or doing things that made no difference in my goal toward my own purpose. Too often, I was literally turning in a circle, talking on the phone about nothing that made a contribution, or mindlessly flipping through social media.
Here’s the reality, the time is now. No matter what the day, if we are not intentional about completing what we started, as we make our way toward our goals, guess what…. it will never happen.
Take a look around, there are a lot of things that are occurring in our environment. Our political future is full of opinions and controversy; our schools are standing in the need of our support; our churches need volunteerism, and your opinion, your specific skill and contribution is desperately needed. And believe it or not, there is no less than one person that is waiting to hear from and experience what you have to offer.
We all have a gift! There is not one of us that does not. The question is, what are we doing with it? What else has our attention and our time? When exactly, are we going to move forward and get it done? I asked myself that some years ago. In my case, it was following a near death experience that I realized that time is the most valuable gift that we have. It is in some cases one of the most disrespected.
Luke 8:14-15 (NIV) hits the nail on the head on the subject of distraction,14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.
Think about that, what is inside of you is your seed! Do you understand truly the value of the seed that only you hold? Learn to treasure it and protect it, most of all, plant it in good soil with all intentions of reaping an impactful crop.