Sometimes I think about other times, and what it must have been like before all our technology. When being successful meant not what multimillion dollar company you ran or worked for, but simply how you lived out your life. When the world was only as far as your legs had carried you.
I wonder what love was like then, when people found someone and stayed committed to them forever. Before the concept of your true love being ‘out there’.
What pride did people take in simply living a life that was theirs. Not fighting out of what they were given, but living content, knowing they had life. Though these are rarely the stories that have been told to us. Now we grow up hearing only of the people who changed things, the people who pushed beyond limits and made something new happen. We think that everyone of us is going to be that person, we have been raised to believe, as kids, that we are all world changers.
And somewhere along the way we realize that not all of us will be those history book world changers, and so we stop pushing. We settle in and live a simple technology filled life. Where we are connected to people around the world, and a deep part of people’s lives who we barely know. We go on believing that this is what makes us world changers.
But, what if there is something more and we are missing it? What if the people who truly are going to be world changers haven’t taken the stand yet because they are too numb to the call?
Have you thought lately about what your calling is? Have you prayed and known it is to live a life content, or are you maybe missing what might be right in front of you?
I can look throughout my life and see a little thread woven into everything God allowed me to live out. Then I only saw these things as road blocks, things that prevented me from really being a world changer, things that held me back. But now I see more clearly, I see the foundations of my life that God has layer out, and it is amazing.
God allowed me to grow up in a deeply rooted church, one that taught me to be self sacrificing, the people lived out being steadfast to God. Their passion poured into me as just a tiny child. They laid a strong foundation. God then uprooted me, and transplanted me into a new body of amazing believers, people who taught me to stand up and lead, who showed me that God is not only found in one church. They also taught me to serve, and care for others. Then I moved to another church, one where I began learning my relationship with God for myself, where I saw unconditional love, grace and forgiveness. Then I got married and began a new walk in a new church, here I learned to grow, bloom, and truly be myself.
Everyone of these churches has given me gifts, blessings that are pieces of the people who were there. I am beyond grateful. I am blessed and humbled to carry so many people cherished in my heart. To the people who prayed for me as a baby, and those who trained me up to love and serve God, Thank you.
It is amazing to me how God uses our society to shape us, in history he used small groups of people to shape one another. Today with technology, he has grown our opportunity to learn and expand our horizons. Where does yours go? Where does yours come from?