I am admittedly the least athletic person that I know. I am quite happy sitting on the sidelines watching the game. However, I am not content sitting on the sidelines of life.
What does that mean? Well, going to work every day, being in a relationship, and attending social functions does not mean that you are actively engaged in life. It does not mean that you’re a pursuing your passion. I have met numerous people that go through the motions. People that show up but never shine. People that merely exist. People that make excuses and say one day.
I fell into that trap once myself. I stopped dreaming and accepted that my every day was the best it would ever be.
For me that all changed when people entered my life that realized my potential and encouraged me. People who truly wanted to see me succeed, loved me for me and cheered as I began to fly. People like that are rare. When you find them, you should hang on to them for dear life. Those people taught me how to love – for real. Unselfishly. They demonstrated Christ like love to me. They made me want to be a better person. Suddenly sitting on the sidelines and complacency were no longer enough. I was loved into living.
Not all of us find those people, but we can all be those people. We can be encouragers. We can cheer for others. We can help people find their potential. Everyone has something that they are good at. Everyone has dreams and desires. We succeed when we help others. It just might be that while we are helping someone else, we find our spark along the way. Get up off the bleachers and cheer for someone else. When we are cheering from the sidelines, we will find that we have jumped into the action. We have gotten into the game! It is a chain reaction, and I am living proof.
I encourage everyone reading this to take one step today. Deliver a kind word. Open a door for someone. Send a real card or letter in the mail not an e-card! Let someone know that you care. Be the light that you desire to see or need in the world. When you lift others up so they might shine, their light inevitably shines on you! When it does, you just might be able to see the passion that lies within you that has been lurking in the shadows.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4).
Until Next Time,