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I was thinking the other day that it must be an exhilarating feeling when you know that you are the first one to do something that no one else in the world has ever done. On May 29, 1953 Sir Edmund Hillary became the first person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
Someone once asked Hillary, just four months before he passed away, “Out of all the adventures in life, how can one become focused on his or her life’s mission?” He responded by saying, “If you only do what others have already done, then you will only feel what others have already felt. However, if you dare to do something that no one has ever done, then you will have a satisfaction that no one has ever had. When one is choosing a project, if it doesn’t cause fear, then it will become boring and you won’t want to finish. When you have decided what you are going to do, don’t procrastinate. Start now!”
Nicely stated by a visionary leader.
How often have we ventured into something that caused great fear, knowing that without God’s help, we will not be able to finish or accomplish it? So often we settle for the predictable, the painless and the petty things in life. Maybe this is why we get so easily bored and lose focus on our mission and purpose in life.
As we are closing out another year and heading into 2010, I have been praying for some “big” things. In my times of prayer, I have been asking God to put in me some big dreams that will not only glorify Him, but that will build His Kingdom. For me, if it does not connect with the Great Commission or the evangelization of the world, then it is not worth doing.
If in the last 5 months, with all the great things that God has been doing, is an indication of what He wants to do in 2010, then I cannot wait to see what God has in store for the future. I know that there will be areas of faith, trust and dependence that will be tested and stretched. But sometimes knowing where God is leading us allows us to endure with joy, until we reach our destination.
Join me in dreaming big because we have a big God!