3, 2, 1... Happy New Years!!! My first thought: "I never expected to live this long... Now what?" How encouraging right? Honest to God, this was my first thought of 2013.
Envisioning my life as a kid and dreaming of what I wanted to become, I never truly saw past my early twenties. As a child, I remember I used to cry out often, "I don't want to die." There use to be an unnatural fear of death I believe that consumed me. I used to think it was maybe because I watched too many James Dean movies and documentaries growing up.
One thing I did admire about Dean though that I still hold onto today, is the idea that he believed in himself to fulfill a purpose he had inside of him when no one else did. He believed full heartedly in what he was doing. I have found common ground with Dean here. Unlike Dean however, I reached a roadblock I do not believe he was fortunate enough to reach in his lifetime.
Looking through the lens of being in control creatively of my life, to say I peeked is a fair statement. I created everything I set out to create in some form or another. My imagination was limited. I lacked vision and I perished. When I came to this realization, I started to seek answers for why this happened and what I was suppose to do next. This is one major reason I turned to God during this time. I soon figured out I needed to let loose of my perceived creative control, and submit to my Creator’s control. I needed to see beyond my limitations and start looking at my future through the lens of my faith.
Once I started to do this, I believe I was given a vision to see beyond what I couldn’t prior. Everything I’m in pursuit of now is 100% for my future and is based on prayer and vision. New desires of my heart are developing and new opportunities are opening up. This paradigm shift is when I believe I became more legacy driven.
In the Creator’s control I still use creativity but the visions I paint now are His. His visions are far better than mine ever were. Why am I sharing this? I share this because I really want you to see the visions and goals you pursue can potentially affect others in very profound ways. The focus may not be about your own desires as much as you may think. These visions provide atmospheres for others to live in and operate in. These visions have the ability to inspire, provide opportunities and impact lives.
I want to challenge you today with these questions: What are you doing to build a legacy beyond yourself? Is what you are building more about you or the people that you may be able to serve? If you are not be doing anything to build a legacy for others currently, what can you do to start?
Talk soon & God bless,