It Matters if You Quit!

You Have A Purpose,
An Important Part To Play On This Planet.

There is something for you to do that only you can do; and if you don’t do it, it will never get done. Your unique contribution matters—and it matters if you quit!

Your destiny may be tied to loving and believing in someone when they can’t love or believe in themselves. It matters if you quit! Your destiny may involve consistent and persistent parenting for a child who struggles to learn. It matters if you quit! Your destiny may require you to build, write, or create something tangible to share with this world. It matters if you quit! Your destiny may be a discovery that literally saves lives or may involve a hug to be given or a note to be written that makes another feel life is worth living. It matters if you quit! Your destiny may be one of persevering in prayer for someone’s safety, salvation or healing. It matters if you quit!

You being you matters. Much is depending upon you having the courage to be you. Quitting is not an option.

“I would literally be dead if you had quit or said no. Thank you for having the courage to be you.”

My adoptive daughters have spoken those words to me on numerous occasions since I met them five years ago; both had pasts that involved extreme sexual abuse and exploitation. Loving them and calling them family was a part of my destiny. It was difficult but quitting was never an option.

When I began my journey of purpose I never imagined or contemplated what would have been at stake had I settled for less than I was created.

Now I do. After hearing my daughter’s story, now I do.

Be Bold

Don’t let other people’s opinions distort your reality.Be true to yourself. Be BOLD in pursuing your dreams. Be unapologetically you!” – Dr. Steven Maraboli

There are children who are living in hell – children who are being sold for sex. These children, my daughters – or so it feels. They are not going to come knocking on our doors for help. Someone is going to have to rescue them. Someone is going to have to fight for them, figuratively and literally. I learned that my destiny would require me to do just that – to be one of those somebodies.

It was going to require me to take bold action. Your destiny is going to require you to do the same.

be-boldFirst you are scared. You take courage because you need it desperately. But then one day you wake up and you aren’t scared anymore. Something has changed. You are fearless. You have become bold and now you are dangerous.

The dictionary says that to be bold is “to trust, to be confident, secure, sure, to be frank in speech, confident in demeanor, outspoken, blunt, assured, to be bold, to be free, open and plain, commanding, break the silence, courageous, daring in all things and in all matters, in speaking and acting.”

I love this. It really is a picture of what it means to be living your destiny.

Boldness comes from following your Creator from the ordinary into the extraordinary, from the impossible to the possible, from the mundane to the miraculous. , You have never felt so alive. You now have something you can live for, but you also have something you would die for.

You are fearless. You are bold. You are a water walker, giant slayer and history maker. Quitting is now never an option.

Where Does Your Story Begin?

I don’t Know Max Personally But I Feel
Like I Do Because I Love Reading His Books.

He is a great storyteller! His book Cure for the Common Life: Living in Your Sweet Spot was a tool God used in my search of my purpose and destiny. There is a fabulous assessment in it called S.T.O.R.Y. In it you are asked to write down very specific memories—one from childhood, one from your teen years, and one from your adult memory—memories or moments when you were completely and utterly yourself. Not just happy memories but significant moments when you were simply and completely being you.

Here are the guidelines to follow when thinking about your moment:

• It must be important to you, though it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks of it.
• It must be a specific accomplishment to you, but not a milestone, such as a birthday.
• It must be specific in actions. For example, I was good at … or I succeeded at …, not “I loved to play the piano” or “I loved to play softball.”

Mine childhood one immediately came to mind.

dont-be-ashamed-of-your-storyI performed in my first play when I was five years old. I loved every minute of being on stage. I loved everyone watching me. I loved performing for an audience. It didn’t matter if I was a pilgrim or an Indian, a farmer or a cow, a tree or a flower—I played each part as if it were opening night on Broadway!

I would stand in front of a mirror for hours perfecting my performance. Neither mirrors nor a stage frightened me at that age. A few years into my young acting career, the annual productions were not frequent enough to fulfill my need to perform in front of an audience, so I started writing and producing my own plays. Not only did I write the plays and produce them, I had the starring role. I found the costumes for the other actors, who usually included my brother, sister, and all the neighborhood children, I assigned them their parts, I advertised the event, I sold the tickets, and I knocked on doors inviting everyone I knew and anyone I didn’t to come and watch. My favorite part was seeing people come together in one place, at one time for something I had a passion for. Today I am doing the same thing.

This memory was an important clue to me discovering and fulfilling my destiny.

I am destined to bring people together for a common purpose that is bigger than themselves; a purpose that has the potential to impact another and change the world. My journey led me to a group of children being sold for sex and now I bring people together to build them homes and call them family.

What is your story? What is your memory and moment – when you were completely and utterly yourself? It may be the clue you need to find your destiny.