My second half semester classes started this week. I am not over-the-moon excited about this, but I am looking forward to the challenge I know this semester will bring. I've also accepted another part-time job, so I'll be putting in a good 50+ hours a week of work, and then there's school, volunteer, and so forth.
Ah life, you never cease to surprise me.
The above images are a collaboration of much of what goes on in my head these days. Also, yes, you may think it strange I have both the words Humble and Brilliant. But I think there is a place for both, just as both are equally inspiring to me. Humility is an essential aspect of the Christian life, and a virtue we will struggle with for the rest of our lives. And being brilliant, for me, doesn't mean I'm going to be ridiculously smart and marvelous and everyone will love me. Rather, brilliant to me means that I will try my very best and give all I have to be the very best me I can be. Brilliant is a motivational word.
Then there are the images of the sea and books. Two things I have great affection for. And then of course the photo of some European country in the wintertime (which combines travel + winter/Christmas, 2 more things I greatly cherish).
And then the quote in the middle, by A.W. Tozer, that kind of pulls the whole collage together:
"REFUSE to be AVERAGE.
LET your heart SOAR
as it WILL."
I am not average, and I have never pretended to be. I don't like most of the things kids my age like. I am not doing the traditional 4-year school on campus gig. I work 3 jobs to save and pay for school, all on my own. I wake up every morning and have to remind myself of the promises of God to give me the strength and courage to get through to the next day. There are days where I can only take it 1 hour, 1 minute at a time. I am no hero, and I don't want to be. But I know what living is, and I want you to know what living is and what it means to live every. single. minute. with purpose.
No, this is not me telling you to be like me or do what I do. You don't have to work 3 jobs to know what it means to live fully. But I would like to challenge you to reassess what it is you're living for and fighting for.
Take a moment and answer these questions:
What gets you up in the morning?
What keeps you going when the going gets tough?
What are you doing with your time?
What drives you?
Remember that greatness is a lot of things done well; day after day, workout after workout, obedience after obedience. It doesn't take any effort to be a loser. But it calls on everything in you to harness your will to say I am going to challenge myself. If it was easy, everybody would do it.
Don't be content to be average. Let your heart soar, venture into the unknown, challenge yourself, learn new things, be okay with failing but never quit.
I'd love to chat with you about what drives you and motivates you to do what you do. You can comment below or email me.
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