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“The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance – and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.” – Oprah Winfrey
Success vs. Signficance
Each day, we entertain long-distance conversations with success while significance calls on the other line. Which do you put on hold? Which do you answer? Answering the call to significance is at the crux of your life calling.
Many people ask, “How do I know my calling?” Most people miss it because it doesn’t come in the manner in which they are expecting.
Your calling is NOT like this once-in-a-lifetime-now-I-have-hit-the-jackpot, prize-winning announcement that changes everything in an instant. Your calling is not something you receive at a certain point in your life. Your calling is already within you. It is an integral part of you, a part of your DNA – Destiny Now Activated. You do not get it, you grow it. The challenge is not acquiring it, the key is accessing it.
If you can begin to see your calling as something you grow, you create a new appreciation for the life you are designed to live out as opposed to look for. You already have it. It is time to harness it.
While we each have a unique calling, each of us has the same mandate – to have an impact within our circle of influence.
In today’s world, we look at achieving status as the ultimate benchmark of success. We end up equating status with success. That is the wrong way to look at significance. In the process of seeking to accomplish more, we often end up making more money, but see far less meaning. I would submit to you that you can easily make money, live in a mansion, and still miss the mandate of living a life of meaning.
Your calling is not as complicated as you might think. It is not intended to be a mystery to you. Calling is pretty simple. Calling is that thing within you that pulls the best out of you to unleash the best around you. Read that again. That is a definition I challenge you to reflect upon this week.
What you do is less important than who you are. HOW you do what you do is more important that WHAT you do. God is more concerned with your character than your career. Everything that you do should reflect the integrity of who you are. We develop a depth in our calling based upon how we act in the smallest of small areas of our lives – in how we see, speak to and treat others. Your ability to SHOWCASE a life of significance is a direct reflection of the relationship you SEEK and the time you SPEND in the Presence of God.
Cultivating significance is a matter of perspective, awareness, sensitivity and choice – choices that can start today! It is about how you respond and react to what you receive. You can reap real rewards when you reflect the fullness of your calling. The key is to seek significance, not success.
KEEP ME FOCUSED: Quick References for the Week:
- An honorable life is one that honors God.
- Calling is that thing within you that pulls the best out of you to unleash the best around you.
- You are significant to God. A life of significance requires that you understand the depth of your significance to the Kingdom.
- Everything God asks you to do is significant.
- Sizable significance is shown in taking small steps.
- What you do is less important than who you are. Character really does count.
- Obedience is more significant that sacrifice.
- Your ability to SHOWCASE a life of significance is a direct reflection of the relationship you SEEK and time you SPEND in the Presence of God.
- Acting with significance improves the things, people and circumstances around you
SUGGESTED SCRIPTURAL REFLECTIONS:
2 Timothy 2:4
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