Each of us has been created to reach out beyond our own grasp. Christmas is a reminder that we are all imprinted with the Imago Dei, the God-seed, within us, and that God wastes nothing, not even our darkness. For that and that alone, I am willing and eager to give the gift of adoration.
In the Spring of 2017, a successful business leader asked me to take his five granddaughters on a weekend retreat and provide professional development and mentorship in a private, relaxed, yet focused setting. There were two goals; first, help these young women unlock their inner greatness and second, help them stay away from the people who would derail them. Pretty much sums up the path to a tremendous life!
Just because you can’t see your end goal right now, that doesn’t mean it’s not there. Don’t think because your desires are obscured, they’ve vanished. Respect yourself enough to know that you are meant to be in the position you are in. Realize that clouds come over every person’s head. Rejoice that your victory remains yours to claim no matter how overcast the future appears. The clouds of life are merely incidental reminders that no matter what comes over our heads, it is what’s inside that matters most and will always shine through.
Unless you are broken, you cannot be transformed. You need to melt the ice before it can be remolded. If you want to be a vessel that is poured out in service to others, you must be put in the kiln repeatedly in temperatures over 1,000 degrees.
Be intentional about interacting with everyone you cross paths with, even if it’s just making a comment to a fellow human being in a checkout line, or waving someone the go ahead to cross the street with a friendly smile. Yes, anything that impacts someone else counts as a meeting.
Thankfulness is the most reliable indicator of maturity. The older I get, the more people I realize I need to give thanks for because, without them, I wouldn't be who I am today. Heck, I’m even able to give thanks for the bad ones too! There are four strings of words that have profoundly impacted my life. Some were meant to encourage, others to correct. But in each instance, I can still hear the same dialogue as if it was happening now. In each case, it was only a single sentence, but its brevity did not diminish its power.