Monday, October 19, 2015

Contribute to the World

I mentioned a few weeks ago how an amazing opportunity has come into my life.  I'm really excited about it.  That much you already know.  It comes with a mentor.  That much you also know.  

In order to acquaint myself to this new mentor, he sent me a series of questions.  Discovery questions they were called.  I'm always intrigued to learn something new about myself (at least when it's a positive thing...).  Here are a couple of the questions:

     "What are 3 goals you want to achieve in the next 3 months?" Typical coach, goal setting stuff.  I get it.
     "What are the 3 biggest changes you want to make in your life in the next 3 months?" Starting to dig a little deeper.  It's not just goal setting, but admitting that something needs to change in order to grow.
     "Who am I currently mentoring?" This one was tricky for me because I don't feel like a mentor to others, but I'll delve into this one another time.  There are a few more questions, and then this little beauty pops up.  Big one, really.
     "What would you like to contribute to the world?"  Oh mylanta.  That's a really big question.  It's very different from the typical "What do you want to do with your life?" or "What do you want to be when you grow up?" It gets the focus off of me and puts in on the world around me, or even the whole big, wide world.  In other words, what did God put me here to do?  That's really heavy.  

If you ask me why I am here, it is to bring glory to God in all that I do. (I'm so glad that God offers grace because I do not reflect Him near as much as I'd like...) This question, is still different, though. What do I want to contribute to the world?  What do you want to contribute to the world?

 UL bright white & concord grape

I'll give part of my answer, but I'd love to hear your response to the question.  Really.  Please comment below.  Here's a portion of what I said:

It would be easy for me to think that I am too small to contribute anything to the world, but my God is bigger than that.  He can use anyone.  He has used some of the most humble and awkward people to do great things.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
 I want to be used by God to influence those around me in a positive manner.  I want to help empower them to believe in their God given potential.  I want them to understand that the only limits on themselves are self-imposed and that God has a plan and a purpose for each of them—and God doesn’t have limits! 

Your turn.  Go!

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