Good evening, my friends! Do I have your full attention at this moment? I would hope that I do because the question reflected above is a most serious one indeed. I am asking because the question is one that we will not ask ourselves most of the time. It is so much easier to simply move on with our day and with a life that we have become comfortable with, a life that is not in accord with our gifts or our reason for being here but rather one that we have deemed as acceptable. You see, reaching for what is higher has always required more effort and always will. It is so much easier for one to simply stand with their arms hanging at their sides. Is this not the truth of it after all? Or is it not at least how we tend to perceive things to be so often? And it is easy to feel this way because Life often gives you no quarter, no break and no reprieve. It seems that so often when we reach higher, there is some force which seems to push against us and after a while it just seems more prudent to stop reaching, to stop trying and to accept that our life really is not so bad after all. So, with a bit of rationale we resign ourselves to a life that is average at best. But hey!…..Everyone else seems to be fairly satisfied with their life, right? And am I any better or any different from the next person? This is the line of thought that has allowed the curse of mediocrity to become so entrenched in our world today. And to answer my own question for you…….No, I am not better than others, to be sure. But I thank my Creator that I am different from others. I suppose therein lies the beauty and the truth of choice. I choose to be different and I choose not to allow the word mediocre into my vocabulary. And I am able to do so because just like you, my Creator has enabled me and has endowed me with seeds of greatness to reach heights previously unknown to me. And for this, I am forever thankful.
Now dear reader, I would say to you that you are no different from me in your ability to be different, to be unique and to be that special person you were meant to be. The gifts and the talents, those seeds of greatness that were given to you? My friend, what lies within you is the very vehicle you were blessed with and it is that vehicle that awaits you. It is designed to take you along the road that Life has mapped out for you and it is only by traveling that road that you will be able to realize and fulfill your destiny. Is this making sense to you just now? Can you see the logic at work here? It is all so very true. And please do make note of the fact that I used the word logic here and not rationale. Rationale or the process of rationalization is that insidious creature which has woven its way into the fabric of our lives. Rationale demeans our spirit and causes us to accept less than what we were meant to be blessed with. May I suggest that you reference the word logic and see its definition and how it differs from that other word. Logic is an indication of something that is planned, a part of a formula whose final answer can only be a matter of truth, yes?
And it seems that I have not changed very much, I suppose. I have wandered off point as I often do. Or perhaps I have only been laying the ground work with which to reference my original question? I believe this to be the case after all. So with your kind permission, I would like to present this query to you once again. What are you waiting for?!! I am of course making a direct reference to your Life or perhaps better said, the Life you were meant to live. Why do we insist on living the ordinary when we were placed here to live the extraordinary?? Why do you think that is, friends? There is a myriad of reasons that we give to ourselves and to others. (And most often, those others are quite happy to commiserate with you so as to keep you at the Life level they have accepted themselves!) One of the most popular reasons (excuses?) we like to invoke is the statement that “It is just too difficult. It is too hard.” Well of course, it’s hard! Did you really believe that embracing the person you were born to be and growing into the formation of what is to be your Life was going to be easy? Such an undertaking involves that word we seldom enjoy using and that word is change. Change requires a person to……Well, it requires a person to change. What other way is there to say it really? In order to change, one must be willing to step out of where they are comfortable and step in to an entirely new dimension. This not only brings discomfort but is also very daunting, yes? What if I am not up to taking this on? How will it look if I make a mistake or even worse, what if I fail?? I don’t believe I am enough within to succeed in that area. How will this be received by my peers? All of these questions and many others tend to fill our minds and with our minds full of doubt, there is no room for what is true and honest. And the honest truth is that your Creator has provided you with what you require and more so that you may fulfill your purpose in this, our world. And I know this to be true for there is no guile in Him.
So you there!…….Yes, you!………….What are you waiting for?? You and I are given but one life here, a span of years on this planet and nothing more. And to be quite plain about it, even tomorrow is not promised to you or I. Those talents and gifts, those passions that are your heart? You do know that they are but on loan to you? Are you going to utilize them and in doing so, create a Life of abundance for yourself and others? As you are aware, it is only in giving and blessing others that we are blessed in return and that twice over. Or is it your desire to, at the end of your Life, return the very gifts given you, unopened and unused and having benefitted no one? My friend, you must make a decision and t’would be wise to do so even now. Have not we all waited long enough already? Isn’t it past time for us to move away from that state of mediocrity which has us so ensnared? Should we not realize now that we are indeed different from others (No, not better than others. Just different) and that being different permits us to indeed reach higher and stretch the very boundaries which once confined our minds and spirits. My friend, are you ready to step into that life that Life so desperately wants to give you this day? Are you ready and able to bring blessing and goodness to those round’ about you? And your eyes? Are those eyes ready to see what you were unable to see before? For you see, once the eyes of your spirit are truly opened, the scales of limited vision will fall away and you will see things as you have never seen them. It is true. It is so, so true. “Come along now with Me. Come along and test Me and discover My truths.” This is what your Creator bids you do. He asks but never demands for He is a gentleman. But He does indeed ask that we be bold enough to test the words He has given so freely.
So my question to you remains. Have you given your answer just yet? Only you know if you have done so. And whether you chose to answer or chose not to answer, you have made a choice either way. Remember please this…….It is in the choices that we make that our lives are determined. Sooooo……..What are you waiting for??
Thank you this evening for your time and patience. I am in hope that these words will be of benefit to some of you. I really do not know how these pieces are going to come out most of the time. I simply follow the road I am on, if you will. Be blessed and take care one with another.
Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.