For a long time, I’ve believed that we all have a God-purpose — that every single person on the face of the planet is created to do something amazing. Many people have no idea, so they just keep pluggin’ along in the daily stuff of life, never even asking the question, “What was I created to do?” Other people might have an idea, in that they have a burning passion or a topic that gets them going on a diatribe every single time it’s brought up in conversation, but they might not realize they were created to be the solution. Or they might, in their spare time, dream about how they would make a difference if only they had the time, the money, the resources, the friends, the — whatever.
I started to realize this way back in 2002, when I went through an online personal life coaching program. Since then, I’ve learned so much and had this idea confirmed over and over again by people who believe the same thing. I was amazed when I came to join The Life Christian Church in West Orange just at a time when our Pastor, Terry A. Smith, was writing a book called TEN on the topic. I was even more amazed to discover other books by Christian authors that also alluded to the idea that we are made to do something BIG.
Now, if you’ve been reading my blog, you know that I’ve got a “secret project” I’ve been working on — something big — and I’m happy to tell you that…I’m still not ready to announce what it is.
BUT, I can tell you this: what started off as a fuzzy, crazy, not-very-clear idea has crystalized not because I’ve sat around trying to think it all out, but because I started moving into action, with faith that God would make it clear in due time.
I kinda-maybe thought I had it figured out. ACTION: I got a group of people I respect around a table and thought about it.
I got some more ideas from that discussion, and my brain got even more jumbled up with stuff than it was before. But it was good. ACTION: I wrote a business plan (painful, that).
I needed to move forward with branding: ACTION: I had a logo developed.
I need to create an “elevator-pitch” video for crowdfunding: ACTION: I started looking for filmmakers.
And then — and only then — did a clarity like never before pop into my mind while I was doing dishes. How had I not seen this before? Why was it all so convoluted before? And now it’s not?
I don’t know…but this is the process we have to go through sometimes. So many times, whether it’s with our workout and eating plan, our finances, or our dream project, we believe we can’t get started until we know how it’s going to end. But that’s not where the brilliant ideas come from. The brilliant ideas come from the struggling it out, the wrestling with idea — especially the hard parts, the parts that scare you.
It’s like you’re standing on a road, and just down the way a bit you see a dense fog. You know that inside that fog lies your destiny, your beautiful life, your dream. But the fog is thick and dark, and your view is obscured. You can’t see too far ahead inside that fog — which way the road turns and where you’ll end up. After all, there could be a solid brick wall on the other side of that fog. Or maybe, a bright green pasture. But there’s no other way. You can stay where you are, and everything will stay exactly the same as they are right now. You won’t make any progress. You won’t get anywhere. But at least you’ll know what to expect.
You have to choose to step into the fog. You have to.
But once you do, the unnerving reality is that you will not be able to see your own hand in front of your face at times. You might become disoriented once in a while. You might not have a clear vision all the time. But with each little step you take through that foggy idea, you get closer to the picture on the other side.
ACTION: Baby steps. Baby steps all the way to clarity.