leadership, mentoring, purpose

Today Is The Day!

Let’s see a show of hands. How many of us woke up this morning and thought, “You know what, today, I want to be…mediocre.”

I think it is pretty safe to say that not many of us, if any, fall into that category. I don’t think anyone, ever, just wants to be mediocre. We all want to be and do our best. Some of us want to make a difference.

Usually, we like to expect awesomeness in each new day. We go out into the world planning to do our best work. It may take a few cups of coffee to get us there, but we think it can be done. We think we can be excellent.

The fact is, though, that too often, although we want to make a difference, we don’t. For whatever reason, we choose to believe lies about who we are and what we have to give.

“I’m not the boss.”

“It’s not my place.”

“No one will listen to me.”

Or my personal favorite, “What if I’m wrong?”

Maybe the enemy has told you some of these lies, or others like it. Maybe you’re surrounded by negativity. If so, you know what I mean. You want to be the one to do the thing, but you aren’t and you don’t.

If this has ever been you, I have some good news. It doesn’t have to be this way. That is not the way this day has to go. There is more. You were created for MORE! You were made for this very moment to make a difference only you can make. In your family, your work, your circle of influence, your world, you were created for such a time as this.

You don’t have to be the boss.

It IS your place.

They WILL listen.

You are NOT wrong.

Today there are problems to solve, people to help, fresh things to do. All it really takes to make a difference is for someone, somewhere, to start. If that’s not you, then who will it be? If it isn’t now, then when? If not here, then where?

Don’t fall into the quicksand of mediocre. Be the difference maker. Step up. Stand out. Shine.

Today is the day, and you are the one!

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

–Matthew 5:14-16, NIV



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