Did you ever watch the Muppets when you were growing up? One of my favorite characters was Fozzy Bear. He was cute, wore cool hats, and could play some serious piano. What’s not to like? I wanted to play like him, but I didn’t have the resources to learn music. There was an exact moment that shot down the beginning of the piano dream.
Now it’s your turn. Do you have one? A moment where you went from thinking you could become anything in life you dreamed of, to the precise second a voice crept into your head and whispered lies and doubts about your worth. “You can’t do that, what makes you think that will ever happen,” “You want to be a —?” Stop right here. Now is the time to ask how you handled it? Maybe you were equipped with the resources and confidence to bypass it, so now you’re in an ideal position to help others whether you realize it or not.
If however, you were anything like me, you were unprepared for it. Why did you let that voice plant a seed in your mind? Who said it was welcome in the first place? Did you chalk it up as part of growing up? Learning how the “real world” works? Humor me for a minute, and let’s play a game of “What If?”
What if you knew that voice was coming your way? You had prepared for it with a response like “nope, not buying that today.” Say it out loud. If you had said those five simple words, would you be a different person right now? It doesn’t have to take years to identify this little thief of our potential and grab it by the scruff and stomp it under our feet. Picture what it could look like if you started each day with the assurance that you have what it takes to make a mark on this world, to contribute something no one else can provide. Yep, that’s what I believe. Are you ready to believe it too?
If a moment can break you, why can’t you break that moment apart and rebuild?
Just because Matisse painted masterpieces doesn’t mean that no one else should paint because he had the market cornered. If Lauren Daigle assumed that there were enough singers out there, her voice wouldn’t be lifting hearts and minds by reminding them that she has felt their struggles too. What are you doing to share your gift(s) with others?
Consider Romans 12:6-8: “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”
Can you reach for the far-off goal that you once had or might still have? Do you have other dreams that you haven’t given life to yet? They can’t fly without you, so get moving right along. Only you can make your masterpiece.