Find out who you are and do something about it
“empty vessels make the loudest sound” - Plato
All talk but no action. How easy it is to talk big, but not produce big.
My goal is to commit to what I say I’ll do.
It’s hard to go do, when you aren’t really sure where you’re headed. If I find myself reaching at the next project how do I know I have settled on the REAL task of completing what I was made to do?
1) Find out who you are. There are many ways to figure out how you are made, what is your best career, personality questionnaires etc.
‘the unexamined life is not worth living’- Socrates
If we aren’t really thinking about who we are, what we are good at, then what are we doing? If we don't take the time to decide that, someone else will. I urge you to think about the person of you, and perhaps make some changes in your choices and calendars.
2) Finding that task. What really matters to you? Is there a cause that you keep talking about, that keeps coming back to mind. Address those thoughts that even a year later, you think, I should do that. Because you know what: it is time. I want to give you the permission that there is no perfect time than now. There will never be enough funds, never enough time. Do what you can with what you have.
3) Create an artificial deadline: Align those both: and set a date. If you already know in your spirit who you are, what you think you’d like to do, now it’s time to be accountable.
Create a contract with yourself. I find if I write it down, the date I’m going to complete it. I feel more compelled to get it done.
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies, for the hardest victory is victory over self.
All the people in the world can confirm your ideas, your choices your thoughts, but the biggest impact you will have on the world is the choices that you make come to life.
You can’t keep talking about a recipe that you will never make. That is what is hilarious about my Pinterest board, I will probably make 5% of what is pinned there! You can’t keep talking about a weight loss plan and never work out. You need to plan to succeed.
But my encouragement isn’t to just do anything. Dig deep. Is there a task that you can even devote your life to? There is so much good out there if you set your mind to it. Non-profits to be a part, engagement in your local church, volunteering in your community, partnering with a downtown initiative, planting a garden, taking leadership role in your community.
When we’ve become involved with something that is bigger than ourselves, it usually becomes easier to see that goal come through. Some of the greatest stories we read about, or historical events we learn about are still so heroic because of the causes these people were about. Frodo and Lord of the Rings, the ultimate goal of destroying the ring. Canadian soldiers who went off to war because they wanted to take down evil, many going to lengths to lie about their ages in order to be a soldier.
Our generation aches for its own cause. We don’t have a war, or maybe we don’t have a kingdom worth dying for. But we have time. We each have the same time in a day. Same amount of time as Beyoncé
The most fulfilling life, is the time spent on something that is bigger than yourself.
Is it worth dying for?
That is deep. Soldiers go off to war, knowing they’d risk their lives, but knowing that the risk was worth it. Worth dying for. Their lives indefinitely filled with cause because they were fueled to fight evil.
Interesting, how something worth dying for also becomes so life giving.
This is the mystery of life. A life given away. People who come back from volunteer trips find so much purpose. They find themselves that much happier because they were able to give their time. Generosity is one of the most life-giving actions because it is self-less. Purposed to benefit others.
I want to give my time, my money to something that is bigger than I am, that is worth dying for. I don’t know what that is for you. But I do know that life to the biggest is being consumed with something that is bigger than I am. Something that will ultimately out live me.
I’ve found my faith as I huge indicator on how I want to live my life.
Eternal, mysterious, life-giving yet sacrificial. A story that encompasses it all. I’ve seen the word of God change my life, change who I am for better. It has compelled me to do things I never thought I would, and think better of myself and for others. Wherever I find myself in the world, wherever I live. This mission is always there and has always been there. It is a mission that is healing and leads to a life of expansion. This faith life is described as a mystery.
So much of life is a mystery waiting to be discovered.
Do the hard work of discovering who you are, what you want to do, and make it happen. Life is mysterious short, and could be stopped at any moment by circumstances we have no control over.
I just realized the amount of Greek thought in this post: kudos to them and kudos to you for livin’ that life.