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ARE YOU FULFILLING YOUR PURPOSE OR LIVING IN FEAR?

What if answering ‘no’ to the first question automatically meant ‘yes’ to the second.  Would you more urgency seek out your Life’s Purpose?

What if living in fear means that you aren’t pursuing what God wants you to accomplish?  What if “keeping the commandments” is not your highest calling?  What if your highest calling is pursuing an objective God hand-picked YOU to accomplish?  What if God designed YOU with your positive AND negative aspects to make you the perfect person to accomplish something grand?

Would you answer God’s call?

Just as each snowflake is unique; you are the only human that will ever be created like you.

Just as each snowflake is unique; you are the only human that will ever be created like you.

YOU ARE SINGULARLY UNIQUE!

Out of an estimated 110,000,000,000 people to have lived on this planet, only one has possessed the exact combination of attitude, skills, knowledge, and passion that you do.

When you really think about it, that is an awesome thought!  Out of more than 100 billion humans who have ever lived, you are singularly unique.  You are literally irreplaceable!  You are critically important to the human race!

You are literally irreplaceable!

If you fail to pursue your life purpose, you deprive this planet of your unique gift to the human race.

Consider this: What if you were meant to cure cancer, write a symphony,  invent something amazing, be the Senior Pastor at a Mega-Church in Manhattan (or the beloved pastor of a 12-member Church in the middle of nowhere?)  or pitch a perfect game 7 in a Cubs uniform to bring a world championship to Wrigley’s faithful?

But what if you thought about it quite a bit . . . but it seemed pretty hard and like it would take a long time to accomplish.

And you might fail.

So you never actually took action to get it done?

You Were Uniquely Designed to Accomplish Your Purpose!

You Were Uniquely Designed to Accomplish Your Purpose!

You settle for a life of quiet despair and hopeless mediocrity. . . knowing you could be so much more?

You obviously hurt yourself.  You live in regret and misery most of your life. You hurt your children and strip them of many advantages you could have provided.

You hurt your family, your neighbors, and alma mater.  You hurt your legacy.  You hurt the economy.  You hurt your House of Worship.  You hurt me.   You hurt the planet. You make needless the angels assigned to protect you.  You defy the Almighty who created you — and only you — with your unique gifts.

Don’t do it!  Don’t cheat us of your contribution:  Give us what you’ve got! 

God created you for the purpose of making this planet better.  She designed each of us with a Purpose.  God calls us towards that purpose.  Our calling is not to bend ourselves into some ideal our parents, teachers, or religion tries to foist upon us.   Our calling is most certainly NOT to avoid running afoul of ten negatively-framed commandments.

Your calling is not to become some theoretical perfect person by never making a mistake or taking any risks.  Your calling is to make a bunch of errors so you can find out who you are . . . and become it.

Be Your Purpose

Be Bold. Be Unique. Be You!

Oh, and just so we are clear:  No matter what self-delusional story I tell myself; I cannot be an effective witness for God while everyone can see I am not living up to my potential.  No one is going to want to follow my God when they see I have God-given talents . . . that for some reason I refuse to use.

Our calling is to find out who we already are . . . and become it.

Our calling is to find out who we already are . . . and become it.

To living purposefully,

Scotty b.

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OVERCOMING FEAR:  THE COURAGE TO BECOME A HERO (PART 1)

john-wayne-395777_1280Courage is not the absence of fear.  As John Wayne quipped, “Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway.”

“Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway.” – John Wayne

Haile Selassie said, “We must become bigger than we have been: more courageous, greater in spirit, larger in outlook. We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to our fellow men within the human community.”

The prophet, Isaiah, offers this on courage:  ‘Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.’ – Isaiah 41:10 NLT

There is no higher praise a man can receive than being labeled courageous.  There is no moniker evidencing greater disdain than calling a man a “coward.”  In most tribal cultures courage, for men at least, courage is the only characteristic measured in determining one’s place in society.

Don't Wait For a Hero.  Be The Hero Your World Needs!

Don’t Wait For a Hero. Be The Hero Your World Needs!

A man who possesses an abundance of courage will be forgiven a host of other shortcomings, but it is difficult to appreciate any other quality in a man who lacks courage.

“Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”, as Maya Angelou astutely penned.

“Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency” – Maya Angelou

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  – Isaiah 41:10 NIV

According to Winston Churchill, “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” Indeed, courage is multi-faceted in the way it manifests itself.  It can be seen in one who faces death or destruction bravely.  It is witnessed in the character of one who is unwilling to sway her opinion in the face of peer pressure or government or religious coercion.  It may be seen in the soldier charging a machine gun nest to save his buddies, but is no less valid when it is a man deciding to become the unshakable emotional fortress for his family — when life becomes complicated and troubles abound at home.

(CONTINUED IN OVERCOMING FEAR:  THE COURAGE TO BECOME A HERO – PART 2)

To courage,

Scotty b.
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MOVING FORWARD TO YOUR CALLING IN SPITE OF FEAR

Are you paralyzed with fear?

That is okay.

The temporary presence of fear in our Life is acceptable if we use it to move forward.

Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator, telling us what we must do. The more scared we are of somehing, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.

There is only one way to silence that fear:  Do it!  Do what you fear!

Become Your Purpose. Follow Your Calling.

You are the only person who has ever – or who will EVER  –  possess your combination of attitude, skills, education, passion and temperament.  That is an awesome thought.    You are literally irreplaceable!

You are very important to the human race!

Are you a born writer? Were you put on earth to be a painter, a scientist, a homemaker, a race car driver, or an apostle of peace? In the end the question can only be answered by action. Do it . . . or don’t do it.  But thinking about it without ever taking action will only deprived this planet of your unique gift to the human race.

Consider this: If you were meant to cure cancer or write a symphony or invent something amazing and you don’t do it, you not only hurt yourself, you may even destroy yourself, you hurt your children. You hurt me. You hurt the planet.  

God created you for the purpose of making this planet a little bit better.  If you refuse to do what you can; you take your God’s name in vain.  Period. 

Creative work is not selfish or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got! 

Our calling in this Life is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be.  It certainly is NOT our “calling” to avoid doing a bunch of negatively-framed commandments.

God designed us for a Purpose.  And He calls us towards it. Our calling is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine; or some vision our parents, teachers, or religion tries to push on us.

Our calling is to find out who we already are . . .and become it.

Our calling is to find out who we already are . . . and become it.

Onward and upward,

Scotty b.
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