In my last blog I said that we can no longer take the path of selfishness. Whether it is being selfish by not developing our gifts or using our gifts for selfish reasons, selfishness never is good. I am even willing to go farther than that and say that we can no longer afford to use our gifts in a mediocre way. As in “being a good Christian” and making sure we just tithe or help out with the local food bank every once in a while.
I can throw a lot of statistics at you of how there are so many dying in Africa or how so many live on less then a dollar a day, but I don’t think it will sink in (I have realized statistics rarely do). I mean most all of us know this stuff.
What if I said that your life will not feel completed unless you give your money away and spend you life devoted to helping others? I know this sounds stupid to most but I am absolutely serious. Have you ever been that satisfied by being selfish? There really isn’t any long lasting pleasure in selfishness. When you play a video game you have fun for a while but you need to always get to that next high. Unless you keep going you are never happy for very long. What is the point of getting money? It is so you can spend it and then get more. You need to keep going, you can’t stop for very long or you will just get bored. I can bring up a ton of things and the same concept applies.
With helping others something else is applied. If I helped John Doe buy a house, I could always look back and see the profit in what I did. When I draw something to help people see the need to help people in Africa, I can always see the value in the drawing. When it is about helping others their really isn’t a limit to how satisfying it can get. The blessing you gave could last for someone’s whole life.
You could sit back and not take any chances and thus not feel many of the hardships of life. You can just not bother to push yourself and in return you probably will be safe without the chance of dying or living on the edge where people go without food, water or the luxuries of life. But I can tell you one thing. There will be little satisfaction and much suffering of others if you choose to take this route.
I am asking you to be about helping others. I am telling you to do this because helping others always will feed our spirit as well. We were made to be about others. If we work to satisfy our own bodily/worldly needs there is nothing but suffering when we get to the core. But if we work to fill other people’s needs then we aren’t working for the world and ourselves, we are working for something so much greater and that is where we are the most satisfied. We were meant to praise the Lord and we praise him by being about others rather than ourselves.
I am an artist. I can make things look good on a piece of paper. Not much eh? I mean a lot of people don’t really pay attention to what I do. Through out high school I was unknown around school. I just went to my classes and got mediocre grades in math, science and English. The one place where I devoted a lot of time and effort at was in my art classes. But I realized that most anybody could get a good grade in those classes and my talent went for the most part un-noticed. People who know me probably would say that I complain about being a neglected artist just as much as I boast about it.
Have you ever thought about the power of art? The reason why I say I complain about being a neglected artist just as much as I boast is because I really don’t think the world gives us artists enough credit. Now, you could point to me and say “Is that why you do art? To get credit?” I would have to say you are right, our gifts aren’t about getting “credit” or self profit. It is about so much more.
I have the power to make whatever I want so that I could emphasize a point. If I need the subject to be twice as fat as it is humanly possible to be (so I can emphasize the point of obesity), then I have the ability to make the person that fat. I could make teachers look like zombies to try to point out that something is wrong with the school system. I could make something have a mans face and frogs legs for kicks and giggles. Whatever I want to draw I could draw. Those who are good artists can make something look so good that others want to look at the picture as well. It could be just a few lines on paper but still have an appeal that would make others look at it.
I am an artist. I could make things look good on a piece of paper. This is a powerful gift. Now my question is are we going to use these powerful gifts in the way that God is calling us to? There are many people who have gifts but choose to not use them or only use them for self profit. We no longer can take those paths. The power to make things look good on a piece of paper can change the world, what can your gift do?
I have never really been good at the typical school system. Through out my life I have only been able to barely get by in school. I hated the system where it seemed that the way you were judged to be able to succeed was if you could remember something long enough to write it down on a test, not only write something down but write it well, as in no grammar mistakes. No I didn’t write well and I was always slow on tests, I never really got much higher than a C on those things. The thing is I know a lot of people who are really good with the whole school system and were honored because they were such good students and were thought to be able to succeed in life.
I personally have realized something in the last few years. Life and success is not about if you are or are not good at getting high grades. Life and success is about realizing the vision God has given you. A vision is what I did receive at a young age. I won’t go into detail with what my vision is in this blog, but from the very beginning I have been perusing my vision taking classes and working hard during school.. Away from school I continue to walk out the things (Vision) I have been called to do.
I see so many who have “succeeded” in the publics standard but don’t have a clue as to what they want to do. They think that after a few years of college they might find out what to do in life and what their true vision for their life will be. But at the moment most of my peers don’t care. I have known many people that in all aspects are considered smart, honorary students, but they have no Idea of what their calling is.
If there is one thing that this world needs, it would be vision. God has given us all a talent and vision for our lives and we can not afford to have it go un-noticed. To live out our lives fulfilling just our needs is not enough. In life you must find your vision, even if that means going the unconventional way and not going to collage or not taking the classes that you or your parents think you are suppose to take. Going to college or succeeding in classes means nothing if there is no vision behind it. Let the vision God has given you be first in life and the rest will follow.