“Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you...”~1Tim. 4:14a (NASB)
Selflessness is a vital part of true character and brings me to my final suggestion on greatness displayed. It is simple: find a way to incorporate everything that is at the core of who you are, your values, into everything you do. We can not effectively display greatness by being passive.
Marianne Williamson wrote:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we subconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Talents are not given to be possessed. They are given to be shared. Whatever your gift/talent, find a hobby, career, or ministry that will allow you to share it. And then go a step further. Share not just your gift/talent, but share who you are: your sense of value and passion with everyone you know. Not in the sense of pushing your own values and passions on others; but, let them see the confidence you have in your own abilities, values, passions, skin; and, then give them permission and encouragement to do the same.
To summarize, Greatness displayed is:
- First and foremost through confidence. Confidence comes from having a clear understanding of our God, how He made us with our values, and the gifts and passions freely given to each of us.
- Second through integrity. Use discipline to develop integrity that will allow us to stand by our values and live in excellence day in and day out, in great accomplishments, and extreme pressure.
- Thirdly through selfless sharing. Selflessness of heart will help us actively seek to make a difference through confidently, not aggressively, sharing our values, gifts, and passions in every situation and circumstance we find ourselves.
Friends thank you for taking this journey of Greatness with me! These best practices have allowed me to rise above mediocrity, wavering of heart and mind, and weak character. God desires Greatness for all of His people....not for selfish gain, but to make a difference. I pray that these practical points will help you as much or greater than they have, and continue to help me! Make Mondays Matter!
(running my race!)
"Run Your Race"
I have put the blinders on
I am coming around the home stretch
Finally the race has come down to
the battle between what I have accomplished
and what I am capable of
I have never bet more on the latter
Risking it all has never felt more right
The goal never more in sight
Throwing off weariness, discouragement,
distractions has never been more vital
I'm running my own race now.