The Make It Happen Moment ® Bigger Than Today
by Gary J. Borgstede 2/21/2009 / Leadership
Quote: "You must have a vision of something bigger than today!" - Jesse Duplantis
So let me ask you some thought provoking questions. Consider the life of Helen Keller whom was struck deaf and blind as a young child. Why would she state that "Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all!"? Could it be that she had a vision of life that was bigger than her "today"? Or consider the plight of freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela, imprisoned in his beloved country of South Africa with a life sentence. How could he endure nearly 3 decades of imprisonment without being hardened with bitterness of soul toward his oppressors? Could it be that he had a vision of life that was bigger than his "today"? Or even closer to home, consider my mom, mother of three and no college education. Why would she decide to go back to school at the age of 42 when others thought it futile? Could it be that she had a vision of life that was bigger than her "today"? In the lives of these three people, is it possible that because they possessed a vision of life bigger than their respective circumstances, they were able to significantly contribute to life and make the world a better place? Their life choices clearly demonstrate they did!
Endowed with optimism, Helen Keller believed that one day she would learn to read and write, and that she did. And not only did she learn to read and write, she also lived to see her graduation from Radcliff College with cum laude honors, 11 books authored and published, and many awards of great distinction for her example in the work for the blind. Against all odds, Nelson Mandela believed that one day he would be freed from prison, and that he was. And not only was he freed from prison, he also lived to see his inauguration as President of South Africa and the abolishment of Apartheid bondage. And lastly, despite mounting discouragement, my mother believed that one day she would receive a college education, and that she did. And not only did she receive a college education, she also lived to see hundreds of kindergarteners receive a bright start to their futures from her selfless caring instruction of more than 15 years in the teaching profession. From blindness, imprisonment, and no college education, Helen Keller, Nelson Mandela, and my mom chose to live a life of significance because they could see life beyond their circumstances. You and I can do the same thing!
King David proclaimed in Psalm 34:8, "Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!" Do you see that the Lord is good? He is good! Psalm 100:5 fully declares His goodness stating, "For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations." Once you get a revelation of how good God is, despite your circumstances, you will begin to see how good your life is in Him. And the bigger you see God, the bigger your vision of life today will be! With a spirit of faith and generosity, praise God for His goodness, and He will give you supernatural vision of life more significant than any current mountain top of success or valley of disappointment!
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Have a blessed "Make It Happen" day!
Written by Gary J. Borgstede
President and Founder of The Make It Happen Learning Institute - Reaching People, Unleashing The Extraordinary! ® www.makeithappenbooks.com
Edited by The Make It Happen Moment ® Editorial Team
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Gary J. Borgstede is the published author of the leadership books titled, The Make It Happen Journey and Kings Come Forth, as well as the faith-based leadership education blog at www.makeithappenmoment.com.