A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.
I recently had a conversation where I was reminded that Stevie Wonder was largely responsible for MLK’s birthday being a national holiday. I was reflecting on that being a legacy of the singer – other than being one of the greatest singer/musicians of all times. I imagine he is very proud of being able to contribute to the commemoration of a man who we all know was an exceptional leader and civil rights activist.
Your purpose is not always found. In many cases, purpose finds you doing what you love and what you are passionate about. Often, people who leave a legacy of service or of greatness, do not set out saying, I am going to do this so that I can be great or leave a legacy for myself. They are passionate about a cause, dedicate their service and time to seeing that cause through and end up creating for themselves a place in our memories as one who effected change.
This goes back to motive and attitude. If our goal is to be famous, we can almost guarantee that there will be casualties in our pursuit of greatness. To seek greatness and recognition at all cost, will cause us to disregard others, their feelings and characters, and step on other people’s backs to make our way to the top.
But this is not the way of the Father. Rahab is still spoken about today because she helped save someone’s life. She also believed Yahweh and even though she didn’t quite know the magnitude of her actions, she understood that this was a deed that would affect a nation. She had no idea that she would be rewarded with being the ancestor of kings.
If your passion is showing compassion, whether by sharing food and clothes or words of wisdom, if your passion is mentoring youth, giving advice and encouragement to all kinds of people, if your passion is making music, speaking and studying the word, then let that passion, that gift, make room for you and attention you were not expecting will come from His favor, a result of His name being honored. Romans 12:7 says if your [gift] is serving, then serve; teaching then teach…if it is to be a leader, then lead with all of your heart.
Keep doing good, keep working with your talents – unrelenting. Keep pushing yourself to your full potential. The results will be greater than you ever imagined, extending past your reach and spreading out, into the world to challenge and benefit others and ultimately you will be satisfied.
Today, I celebrate great courage! Happy MLK Day!
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