Commentary

August 2, 2013

Chaplain’s Corner

At some point in our lives, our hearts are unexpectedly awakened…by a dream. I’m not just talking about some ordinary dream consisting of illogical and random scenarios in the middle of the night; but a vision or glimpse of something that speaks directly to YOU, as if you are getting a piece of something that is so inspiring and so amazing, you cannot stop thinking about it.

I believe every person is given this gift at least once in our lives. This gift can be known as a “calling” or a “purpose”. Each human being on this earth has purpose and meaning, but sometimes we fail to recognize it, either in ourselves or in each other. Our dreams can be tainted, dimmed, or even pushed aside by circumstances. However, the dreams that echo “calling” and “purpose” never really go away. They are there to remind us who we truly are, and are meant to be.

It is never too late to begin following these types of dreams, because they run so much deeper than just a whimsical fantasy. It’s not like a dream you may have about becoming the next NFL star when you’re already 65 years old and have never played professional football. No, this is a dream that is uniquely connected with who we are, regardless of where we’ve found ourselves in life at the present moment. We are each made for something meaningful and purposeful in this life and in this world.

“So,” you may ask, “how do I begin on this journey to fulfill my calling in life?” My answer to you would be: one step at a time. Too often we like to try and predict the future, wanting to figure out every detail for the next 5 and 10 years of our lives. While there’s nothing wrong with setting goals for ourselves, we must remember that the journey really is one step at a time. Each step is what brings us closer to our callings.

Enjoy and appreciate this journey. Although sometimes difficult, appreciate the learning and growth it brings. Every step is important. It will not only impact yourself, but inspire those around you.




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