Ever feel trapped in a life that is entirely unrecognizable from the one you dreamed of as a kid?
One where each day looks like the one before and it almost feels…too late?
Brush your teeth.
Go to work.
Take care of the kids.
Go to bed.
Is that all there is?
There must be something more
Sunrise on the beach is one of my all-time favorite experiences. It represents hope and optimism and the promise of a new day where I have the opportunity to make a difference.
It’s a daily “do over.”
A chance to reassess what I’ve been given, to be grateful for the gift of another day, and to renew my commitment to my purpose, values, and mission.
No matter how many sunrises I see, I never feel like I’ve had enough. The same is true for the number of hugs from the people I love, there just isn’t a number where I will think I’ve had enough.
As much as I drink in each sunrise – standing in the surf talking with God and very often listening to my favorite music from Third Day – I am also aware that I will only have a finite number of sunrises.
How I choose to spend the 1,440 minutes after each one is entirely up to me.
I can waste it away being caught up in the minutia of life, wrapped up in the “me” of my day, whining, sniveling, and feeling put upon or I can step out with courage to face my fears, insecurities, doubts, self-talk, and critics.
Only one of those choices makes a difference in the lives of those who need what you and I were created to give.
Is there something more?
Make a bigger impact
You are here for a purpose and you were given spiritual gifts and talents specific to that mission.
Whether you choose to use them or not is up to you.
But don’t kid yourself that you are not equipped or ready or even worthy for that matter. You most definitely are.
You have already been given everything you need to achieve greatness.
You are blessed with distinct spiritual gifts whose unique combination allows you to make a difference and an impact while you’re here. Only when you use those gifts – when you show up in a bold way – will you transcend your daily existence and make a big impact.
Maybe you make a difference when you speak, write, garden, parent, paint, nurture, quilt, volunteer, teach, coach, talk to strangers, preach, cook, plan, crunch numbers, or pay a visit.
Maybe you do it for a living or maybe you infuse your entire day with it, but it is how you uplevel everything and everyone around you.
You were not created to merely endure your life – you were meant to do something that celebrates life and brings others joy.
Whatever it is, go do it.
And be your absolute, very best at it. Give it your all because the world is waiting for you.
If it seems impossible, look for an opportunity to begin. You have been given everything you need to change your situation right now.
Fall down, make lots of mistakes, dare to risk looking like a fool, and don’t let anyone take away a future you are destined to fulfill. Guard your gifts and dreams like they were your own children.
Follow your gifts. Live your purpose. Be exactly who you were designed to be. Anything less would be a loss for us all.