Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Walking in Your Purpose Saves Lives
We were all placed on this earth for a purpose. Unfortunately many of us have no clue what that purpose is. Out of the small number of people that do know what it is, fewer still are actually walking in their purpose. I was inspired to contemplate these concepts when I heard a wise man say something to this effect,
"Our purpose really isn't about us at all. It is about all of the other people that are supposed to be blessed by our gift."
He then went on to say something so powerful that I don't even think he realized the impact of what he said until he witnessed the explosive reaction of those that were listening. He said,
"Someone died yesterday because I wasn't doing what I know I was supposed to be doing last week."
Let that marinate for a minute...
My friend that experienced the insight alongside me altered it even further by saying,
"Someone died TODAY because we didn't do what we knew we were supposed to be doing yesterday."
Think about it. Because you didn't write that book, or say that speech, or create that invention, or operate in whatever it is that your calling is, no matter how simple or complex...someone died.
What a way to think of things. Imagine what life would be like if Cleveland inventor Garret Morgan had never created the gas mask or the traffic signal. Think about how many lives have been saved by the powerful words of pastors, motivational speakers, and crisis hot line workers.
Some time ago I remember receiving a chain letter email about a young man that was on his way to commit suicide when an unaware stranger showed him some basic loving kindness that prompted him to change his mind. It's that simple. Your purpose may be to encourage people, spread love and let them know that they are not alone.
This week I encourage you to take some time to do some internal reflection. Reflect on that thing that you know you are meant to do. Reflect on the joy and fulfillment that it will bring you, but also reflect on the positive impact that it will have on the lives that you touch.
Pursue your passion. Live your dream. Walk in your purpose. Save lives.