So teach us to number our days,
That we may [o]present to You a heart of wisdom. – Psalm 90:12 NASB
Life is full of uncertainties, we can never predict what will happen, there are times in all of our lives where we have to pray and fight our way up and out. Those are the days when we find our strength, determination, and our faith.
In August, I had the awesome privilege of being inspired by so many people. I saw Joyce Meyer (did you know she’s been in ministry for 35 years, which means she was 35 when she got started), spent Saturday morning running with some amazing ladies who pushed me harder than I wanted to go, went to a meeting, and ended the day with Author B Michelle, who wrote the book “The Other Side of Threw”, at a Sister Circle one of my friends hosted. There was a theme that went through all of those wonderful encounters, encourage others with your life!
Most of us don’t know especially in the beginning stages of life what will become of us. We all have “the white-picket fence” dreams of how we expect our lives to play out, and for some odd reason, the idea that it might not turn out that way is often shocking to us. If we are honest it takes some adjusting, and some incredible shifting to take us from one place to another. I don’t know of anyone who hasn’t had a couch moment where they thought their lives were over, and they couldn’t take another thing going wrong. Surprisingly, when we learn to pick up the pieces of our lives, we learn that we can make a beautiful mosaic out of what is left, something that will help someone else live another day and know that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
One thing that comes to my mind is Lego’s; it’s a box of blocks in all different shapes and sizes with unlimited potential. There is usually a great picture on the outside of one of the many amazing things that you can create, but of course without the instructions on how you can create it. As I listened to the many stories these women shared this weekend I looked at what they created with their pieces. They made mistakes, they were strong, they fell down, and they got back up. What each and every one of them left me with was they knowingly or unknowingly chose to be significant. We all are talented, but being significant is a choice.
Significance looks further than the moment, and pays attention to what is really at stake, yes you could quit but how can you help someone else if that’s what you decide to do. Jeff Lurie said this during his press conference, “There are choices to be made when tragedy happens, you can become stronger and even more focused and learn from it, and treat life like a challenge, or bow down.” As I thought about what I was exposed to this weekend I realized that all of those women with their very different experiences refused to bow down, and because of that many people, including myself were blessed!
Significance is not measured by the lights, or by the accolades you receive in life, many of the most important people and experiences are not hono