Have you ever sat and wondered what you were meant to do? Thinking to yourself, surely I am meant to do something important, my life has to mean something. I know I do. Then I ask myself, am I not trying hard enough? Am I not using my “talents” to their greatest ability? Am I missing something? Because truthfully I don’t see myself as having accomplished very much in my life.
I went to University and got a great education, had the potential to be an amazing nurse, yet chose to stay at home with my kids and not work at all. What have I done that I will be remembered for? When I laid my head on the pillow at night I would ask God to talk to me, tell me what it was I was supposed to be doing and I heard nothing. I assumed I wasn’t listening hard enough or even worse I wasn’t important enough for even God to bother with.
Now I know that I didn’t hear God because he had already told me what I was to do and I had done it. I was meant to stay at home and be with my kids. God simply said, stay the course, don’t give up. Oh several times I tried to steer my ship in a new and more exciting direction, carve my own path, draw my own map and each and every time I was put back on course. It is only now that I realize you don’t have to effect a multitude of people to be important. You don’t need to change the world or have your name known by millions, effecting one or two people is enough.
I will never be the next great artist, a Pulitzer prize-winning author, I won’t be the CEO of a major company or a political leader. I will not save thousands of lives or develop a cure for cancer, I won’t be a professional athlete or famous movie star. I won’t leave my mark on a very big piece of real-estate when I leave this earth and I will be lucky to fill the first half of the church at my funeral, but there are a few people who my life has made a difference for and that is all that matters. I may not cure cancer but perhaps my son will, I may not be a great artist but perhaps my encouragement will allow my daughter to be one. I may not invent a new piece of medical technology but perhaps my other son will. I may not save the lives of thousands but perhaps one day, someone I spoke to, or encouraged, or merely smiled at when they felt alone, sad or desperate were effected just enough to go on and live another day.
I have stopped asking what great and wonderful thing I am supposed to do with my life. Instead I thank God for the opportunity to be myself. I try to remember that my actions speak louder than my words and everything I do and everything I say has the ability to change the life of someone around me. What an awesome responsibility!
Be the best self you can be everyday! Perhaps you will write the next great novel or be the hottest blog on the internet, you never know. What you do know is that each and every day at least one person will hear your words or see your face. Make sure what you show them is something that you will want to be remembered by and that you DO have an effect on this world.