Do you remember that epiphany you had way back in 1998? I’m talking about that one big idea that’s become the driving force behind everything you do? It’s the one thing you’re known for and the subject your friends and family roll their eyes at when you open your mouth.
Are you stuck in a time warp?
You know the kind of person I’m talking about. They go on and on and on about a dramatic experience they had many years ago and still talk about it as if it happened yesterday. It was a life-changing experience that they carry with them into every aspect of their lives. This monumental moment has become an obsession and they’ve become stuck.
These are people who’ve lost close friends and family over this one big thing but they don’t care because the moment has become more important than anything else. They are defined by it. It’s become their identity.
Don’t stay stuck.
It’s time to move on. Learn from the experience and get moving.
This week, I met John who’s passionate about using mainstream films as a tool to talk about God. It’s a great idea but, the films he’s using are old and tired – I mean really old. He has the same idea for music. He uses mainstream songs that most of us will recognise from the Top 40 charts way back in 1980. He has no new songs. John’s become stuck. He had a great idea 30 years ago and he hasn’t allowed it to be the springboard to grow it into something that’s dynamic and actually makes a difference in people’s lives today.
In contrast, I met another man who told me of a dramatic healing in his life, six years ago. Andrew was admitted to hospital with a tear in the aorta – a life threatening condition. Doctors didn’t expect him to live or recover but he did. Although Andrew still shares his story, he hasn’t become stuck there. At 68, he’s part of a running club and he regularly competes in races and raises funds for a wide range of charities. He’s learning to play the guitar and volunteers at a number of local charities amongst many other things. Andrew has taken a traumatic and life changing experience and used it to continue growing. He’s an inspiration to be with. He’s full of joy and has a passion for life.
If you’ve become stuck, it’s time to look up and notice the world you’re living in right now and the people you’re journeying alongside today. Learn from that one pivotal moment and move on. Ask yourself how you can use that one defining moment to impact your life and the lives of those around you within the context of today?
Be grateful for that one moment, learn all you can from it, move on and keep growing. There are many amazing moments just waiting for you to discover today. We can ask God: “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).
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