I’m a guy who likes to be seen. I want my stuff out in front of people. I aim for greatness. I love the attention. I live for the feedback…
I loved what you did there.
This means a lot to me.
You changed my life.
Believe it or not, I’m not a very cocky or arrogant person. In fact, if anything, I’m not especially confident at all. But making an impact or getting a response changes things. It makes me feel alive. It makes me feel like I matter, that my existence means something.
I want to show people that there is hope, and I get discouraged. Why?
Because right now, I’m a guy sitting in his bedroom who wonders if anyone actually reads the stuff he writes.
I feel discouraged because I’m making it about me.
A Classic Parable
If a shepherd has 100 sheep and one wanders off, will he leave the other 99 to find the one stray sheep?
Jesus asked this question back in the Biblical days. This shepherd has 99 sheep who stay together and know what’s going on. They don’t need a lot of help or direction. The problem is that one dumb little sheep that wandered off.
If I were a shepherd, a part of me would want to stay with the 99. It’s that own sheep’s fault that he got lost. Being with the larger group makes me feel significant. It’s where I want to be.
Speaking of Jesus
Ever have a person tell you that Jesus died for our sins? Did that person say that even if it was just for you, He would have died just the same?
I’m not trying to preach salvation. I’m just trying to get you to think about sacrifice, about love, about purpose.
Can you imagine living your life solely for one person? Can you imagine dying just so one person could live?
The life I live, the passions I have, is it about me or others? I like to think it’s about others.
Is it Enough?
If everything I ever did impacted one person, would that be enough? If I poured my heart and soul into this blog and it managed to turn just one person’s life around, would I consider it a success? Or would I see my time as wasted?
Because if my life isn’t about me, if I write for other people, then that should be seen as a victory. That should mean the world to me.
And if I get into that mindset, if I see every person, every life as something significant, how much more would that drive me? If my words can make an impact in one person’s life, maybe they could affect another’s.
Your life. Your job. Your career. Your dream. What is it aiming at? What is it measured by? What keeps you going?
It’s just something I’ve been thinking about lately: the little things, the least of these. Maybe that’s the first step to filling up this blank page….
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