This is a story I have used previously and I like to use it to remind me that life is a struggle and sometimes we have to rely on the knowledge and confidence others have in us to help us do things we never thought we could do. We don’t always see what they see because we get so busy in the world we forget to look within or we don’t take the time. We just robotically process information and do the things that keep us in our comfort zone. It’s working; it’s not broke, so why do we need to think about a fix. “Come to the edge,” He said. “No,” was the reply. “Come closer, see what I see,” He said. “No, I am afraid I will fall, I can stay here and see,” was the reply. “Don’t be afraid, I am here with you, come to edge,” he beckoned. I went to the edge, trusting Him to be with me, then He pushed me and I flew.
I am reminded of a saying which goes along with this story, “The moment where you doubt whether you can fly you cease forever being able to do it.” Isn’t this so true? There are so many times when I had an opportunity to do something different, something unique to my skill set, but I had doubts and the opportunity was lost forever. I wasn’t sure that I was the right person, the fit wasn’t perfect, it would take too long to get up to speed, I was invited in the middle of the process; so many excuses, so much opportunity, so little courage to make the change in my life. It happens to most of us. We find a comfortable place in life where we don’t disturb the air around us and we bury ourselves in that place. The world’s problems are the world’s problems. What can I do; I am only one person. If I did do something; what would others think if I made a mistake? Ask someone else; I pretty comfortable right here in my burrow. “He pushed me and I flew.”
When I contemplate this my thoughts turn to the WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) slogan that popped up several years ago. It went viral, as they say today. Signs, bumper stickers, wrist bands, written on dirty back wind shields of automobiles, it was everywhere. However, I like to consider it this way, WDJD (What Did Jesus Do) when I think about me in my burrow, comfortable, cool and set in my ways. So what did He do, He left a legacy of unconditional love and salvation for each of us, not an inheritance. Anyone can leave an inheritance. An inheritance is something you leave TO your family or loved ones, and it fades. A legacy is something you leave IN your family and loved ones that is passed on in virtues like, love, faith, joy, respect, character, integrity and all the other wonderful values and principles we can muster.
Inheritance is something tangible you give to others. Legacy is something tangible you place in others. Inheritence temporarily brings the happiness. Legacy permanently transforms them. Inheritance eventually fades as it is spent. Legacy lives long after we pass away. Inheritance our activity may or may not pay off. Legacy our activity becomes achievement. God encourages us to fix our eye and hearts on things that endure and things that will not rust or tarnish. Our life mission should be to build a legacy to leave behind, something that matters, something that counts, because we can take nothing with us no matter how rich we become. As leaders, building a legacy to leave in others should be high on the list of our priorities. Our actions and reactions to life’s events should instill strength and faith in others as we help the stretch and grow to become more than they thought they could become, do more than they ever thought they co do, and go place they never thought they could go. It’s part of a leaders mission statement, it’s in the fine print section of our contract and we clicked the little box on the bottom of the page “accept the terms and conditions of the agreement” when we took on the leadership role.
WCWD (What Can We Do)? Come to the edge and find out. Take a chance; make the changes in our lives to be the person He wants us to become. It’s never too late. It will not be easy. If it was easy, anyone could do it. It’s not for the faint or weak of heart, it is geared toward people of action; those of us who turn activity into achievement. Am I one of these people? Are you? There is only one way to find out, why not give it our best shot. Come along it’s a grand opportunity and a chance to make a difference and add value IN the lives of others. Psalms 49:12-17
Have a wonderful day,