Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Missing Out on Dessert?

I found this little gem in my local newspaper today: "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." Howard Thurman

I think that is really good advice.

As you are thinking and wondering where you fit in this big idea of reaching your world, ask yourself that question.

What makes me come alive? This isn't the "What would you do if you knew you wouldn't fail?" question necessarily, but what excites you? What gives you that wind in your face, half-scared and half-exhilarated feeling? That "I can't believe I get to do this!" sense of wonder?

Your super cool thing doesn't have to involve ropes, parachutes, high places, or even physical exertion. For some of you it is intellectual in nature...problem solving, analytical thinking that challenges you to the core.

For others, it is singing, dancing, or otherwise performing. I think I might have a touch of this one...speaking to groups and watching them connect with what I'm saying makes me come alive.

Watching community unfold excites me...seeing new friendships form and people get united behind something excites me. People knowing that they can be part of something bigger than themselves excites me. Seeing people realize that they matter excites me.

Think on that question a little bit...what excites you. I know that for a few of us it's been a long time since excitement crossed our radar screens. We got lost in the doldrums of daily life where we think of excitement like dessert...certainly satisfying but not essential. Next thing we know, we are bored with a capital B.

Who's ready to shake things up a bit?

If you need to tap your foot a little while you're thinking, listen to this song by Chris Tomlin. It's called God's Great Dance Floor. If you are not into Christian music, don't let the title throw you off. It's a good one to get things moving.

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