“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs
When I was a little girl, I often pretended I was Wonder Woman. I would spin around in my underwear, bulky belt, and knee-high boots, and use a telephone cord as my Lasso of Truth. I loved the idea of being a beautiful, powerful superhero that stood for the greater good and fought for justice.
As I grew older, I amended my aspirations and career goals to be more realistic, more inline with my gifts and passions, in a direction where I could be both strong and fully clothed. Still, before I got there, I latched onto what that looked or sounded good, but never truly felt right for me. Dreams that never took root in my own heart, but looked great growing full and fruitful out of someone else’s.
At one time, I wanted to be an OB/GYN because it was an amazing way to contribute to the world, wrap my arms around cute and cuddly little babies, and make large sums of money. However, a few things would hinder that goal from becoming a reality: 1) I have a weak stomach 2) I hate even the idea of needles and 3) I’d rather be face-to-face with women throughout most of my day. But, it looked like an ideal job on The Cosby Show?
“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:9
Have you ever been struck by the brilliance of someone else living out his or her purpose, walking in his or her destiny, and wanted to soak in his or her radiance, rather than attempt to produce your own?
It’s a hard question, I know. It’s even harder to answer.
The reason why those people look so fulfilled in their sphere of impact and influence is because they are doing what they were meant to do, what they were created to do, what they love doing. They are using their gifts and passions to contribute to the greater good. It doesn’t matter where they fall in the class system, how much they earn financially, how much education they have or don’t have, whether they are in the public eye or behind the scenes, whether they are in a support or leadership role, they are all contributing to the world in some way. They WIN by operating in the way they were divinely designed, to the benefit of themselves and others.
Consider this, you don’t use a spoon like a fork and expect the same outcome. You choose the utensil specifically designed and available to accomplish your purposes, under the circumstances and in environment necessary for the tool and your intent to succeed.
You are a part of the answer to a need in the world. Really Sherrie, “The world?” Yes, you’d be amazed at how your world grows and expands as you impact and touch the lives of others. It’s only limited by the walls and ceiling of your creation.
Purpose is not a super-spiritual or lofty idea. It’s not meant to be a secret or difficult to realize. The creator of the spoon knows and could expound its intended use. Ask, seek, and knock (Matthew 7:7). In fact, he or she would likely create opportunities to showcase, strengthen, and refine that use.
Live YOUR best life!!!
No one else can live out your life or intent like you can, like you should. What’s for you IS FOR YOU and someone else is waiting…waiting for you to live out loud, on purpose.
Your lasso is indeed golden and powerful. It’s a reminder that you are unique, gifted, talented, and purposed!!!
Don’t pursue another person’s plans and don’t deny or delay your own. It really is easier and more fulfilling to be fully and completely yourself.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
“The Lord Almighty has sworn, ‘Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen.'”- Isaiah 14:24