It was such a privilege to attend a free seminar by Francis Kong at CCF Center last October 14. I have to admit that at first, I don’t have any intention to write a blog about it. Not to mention that I get pressured but few people in my circle expressed that they are waiting for me to share my notes and reflections on the said topic. So here it goes…
Life is either a wonderment or a disapppointment. As much as we want to hide some things from others, we cannot fake the life that we are currently living. We know ourselves best, whether we are really happy or not. Certainly, we want to live a joyful and fulfilling life, but worst thing is that we have that wrong thinking to always live out of the expectations of others. Wrong thinking leads to wrong living.
1. The Survival Stage. This is common to fresh graduates, wherein their ultimate goal is to provide for their basic needs until the next pay day. This stage is difficult and stressful yet perseverance and aspiration to excel is being developed in this season.
2. The Success Stage. This is when one is satisfied on the lifestyle he/she possesses. It is when one is able to experience little luxuries of life and more often than not, people thought that it is the best stage. Thus, this season is long and people became stagnant.
3. The Significant Stage. This is the season when one lives with a sense of purpose, not for himself alone but for the benefit of other people. Those who are in this stage knows that there is life more than accumulating the riches of the world. By raising the bar, performing beyond boundaries and taking advantage of his/her experiences and learning, one can be blessed to bless others.
Average doesn’t look so good when you realize it’s the worst of the best and the best of the worst.” – John C. Maxwell
Now, we might ask, do we have to be millionaires in order to be significant? Can we extend help if we are poor? Can we become useful to others if we are still in the survival stage?
Note that the measure of success is not on what the person looks, what he does and what he has but on how he connect the dots; how he handles his emotions, finances and relationships.
Be reminded that reason should be prioritized over emotion. Forgiveness does not change the past but it enlarges the future. The most important things in life are not material things but relationships. Be like an ant who prepares for the winter and who is willing to carry a weight more than his own body.
Allow me to share with you the story I once read from the book Be All You Can Be by John Maxwell. A man hired a logger and said that he’ll double what the logger receives in the logging camp if he’ll take the blunt end of his axe and just pound the log all day. The logger didn’t have to cut one piece of wood. He just need to take the end that is blunt and hit it as hard as he can, as he normally would if he is logging. The man worked for half a day and he quit. The logger said, “Because everytime I move an axe, I have to see the chips fly. If I don’t see the chips fly, it’s no fun.”
We are made for a purpose. We are created to do good works. We will not attain the fullness of joy if we’re still using the wrong ends of our axes, and there are no chips flying.
Since God uses our trials, always in control and a God of 2nd chances, allow Him to unlock the imprisoned potential in our lives; to set godly goals and not be content to settle for second best as we realize that God gave everything He could give so that we could have the very best of life. As Pascal said, “In the heart of every person, there’s a hole that only God can fill.“
Jesus Christ did not come to make bad people good. He came to make dead people live.
Hands and feet equipped to pursue your purpose.
A mission that defines your journey and sets the direction.
Protection from the elements that weaken us.
A constant Source of strength and hope on the horizon.
Resolve to respond the right way no matter what.
Being significant doesn’t mean you need to have high position, title, power and influence. It doesn’t always involve money. It doesn’t talk about being known and famous. Being significant means touching lives, one person at a time. It means making a difference by choosing to care even when you’re not expected to, listening even if inconvenient to you, sharing your skills and knowledge at your own cost and making yourself available when somebody’s needing you.
This article was featured in Brew Your Best Year website by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® last June 18, 2016. You may check it here.