Good morning everyone,
Well first things first, today is my oldest Son Greg’s 31st birthday; so Happy Birthday Greg.
Wow I have a hard time believing that I have a son who is 31 years old, I don’t know where the time went but I guess it is gone. I know I do not feel 31 years older. It seems just like yesterday that Jodi was in the hospital in Minnesota where she was giving birth to Greg and I was hoping I would be a good Dad. There are so many good times and hard times wrapped up in these past 31 years; I remember the dreams I had for my Son so well as I looked down into that small face and hoped for all that he could be. It is funny I still have dreams for each of my children and even for myself at my age; some are silly and others are more profound.
I find myself looking forward so much more than I look backwards; I guess that might be because I have always, well most always, believed that the past is gone and that what ever happened there God has used to make me who I am today and will be tomorrow.
So what are some of my dreams, well for my sons they are pretty simple; that they will be good men and husbands, that they too will know the joy of family and all that, that means, that they will make a difference in the lives of the people around them and most of all that they will discover and follow the plan God has laid out for their lives.
As for my dreams well they are simpler and yet strangely similar; I want to be a good man, to continue to enjoy all that my family is, to make a difference in my community, church, and in the lives that surround me, and to become all that God intended for me to be. Some of my more silly ones are to learn to scuba dive, to drive 200 mph on the autobahn in Germany, to write a book that matters and maybe to parasail in the Caribbean, and oh yes there are some others as well but they really are silly.
Though having said this I have also modified my dreams as well, I no longer believe that I can be the best at anything, but I dream of being the best I can be at what I do. This is important so if you didn’t understand that last sentence reread it again. (Don’t mean to get to bossy but I want you to understand that I do not need to be the best in the world but to do the best I can is really an important distinction.)
At the end of the movie “Hidalgo” when the old west cowboy and his horse are supposedly down for the count and the Arab prince looks like he will win the great race across the desert, the Prince turns to the Cowboy and says, “You and your horse were lost before the race began, I am from a people of the horse” or something close to this. While the Prince is speaking the horse miraculously recovers and stands with the cowboy standing up and saying, “So am I.” At this moment he realizes who he really is and what moves him.
This whole seen is important for me and I hope might become inspiration for you because I think we all need to realize who we are. When we realize who we are not what we do it is then we discover the strength and purpose of our lives. We not only discover this but that we have the tools within us to become all we are supposed to be. We need to realize whose we are and from where our strength comes from.
I am a product of my family with all of its strengths and weaknesses; I am a product of my church, school, community, history and most importantly of my God. I am not perfect, nor am I the product of the images people have of me. It is not necessary for me to live into the perceptions people have of me but it is necessary for me to grow into the life God has for me.
All of this said, I guess what I am trying to say is this, we are not created to be what others want us to be but instead God created us to be the best we can be through his grace.
Whether great or small each of us matters and each of has a purpose because God loves us.
Lord, I may never be the best in the world but help me to be the best I can be. Help me to be satisfied with your plan for my life and grateful for the places you have planted me. Amen.
Grace and Peace