Everybody is good at something. We all have something that we excel in. For some… it “numbers.” Good in math, or sciences. For other’s …. It may be in English…. Writing… composition. And then, some are great in SPORTS.
I saw on TV the other night where a young 13 year old girl, Alyssa Carson, had always wanted to be the first to land on Mars. Her entire life is built around the idea of SPACE and MARS. NASA’s Paul Foreman told the BBC that it takes Alyssa seriously. Who wouldn’t, given her determination? This is scary. This is scarier than Sandra Bullock in “Gravity.” Alyssa claims to have “a pretty balanced life.” Well, as a balanced as any kid who’s already been to NASA’s Space Academy three times. She already has her own Web site, where she reveals: “I speak Spanish, French, Chinese and English, and some Turkish from Space Camp Turkey.” She’s already given a Ted-x talk in Greece and has met with the Mars-One team in the Netherlands. Next week, she’ll be appearing on “Jeopardy.”
I repeat this news item to illustrate that deciding early “what we want to do when we grow up,” is not a bad idea, in fact, it deserves our attention. We are reminded of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. The idea of “developing your LONG SUIT,” is a very viable idea, as proven many times in history. When we have special skills, and strong interest, and commitment; then taking “your-long-suit” to the next level is a natural flow of things. This is, probably, most commonly found in sports, more notably in football. Although, golf great Tiger Woods, an exception, is a prime example of my point. He surely developed his “long-suit,” into a BILLION $$ industry, for himself, and has raised the pay-check for golfing greats to all-time highs.
In reality, though, most of us, never end up doing what we started out wanting to do. For me, as I’ve said before, I always wanted to be Governor….that Genie-dream went back into the bottle years ago. I started out in Accounting, and ended up in Real Estate Development… but I was a “numbers-man” for the beginning…. And still to this day…. That’s my “long-suit.” But when my epitaph is finally read…. I want to end the game being “a minister of the Gospel.”
I want to follow Matthew 28:19 – “Go ye therefore and preach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” As I write this story, I suddenly realized that from the age of 14…. I always wanted to be a Catholic Priest. But, a Latin scholar… I was not. The late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin even counseled me. But, between Latin… and discovering “girls,” …. A Catholic priest I was not meant to be.
With all that said…spreading the “word of God,” very definitely was “meant to be.” I can spread the word by the way I conduct my life; by the way I treated my Mother-in-Law, and her 6th child, my wife. And, by the example that I have (tried), over the years, to set for my children, friends, and peers. Also, by the way that I have conducted my “business-life;” treating people by the Golden Rule. I’ve set these attributes as “my goals,” but surely, I’ve not met the standard in every case, but I tried, and I continue to do my best. This is what God asks of us….to try, and to do our best. He knows that were not perfect, but because we are made in His image, He knows we can do better. We all, you and me, have the “same marching orders.” God implanted “a long suit” in our very being…. And, He expects us, He commands us, through the Ten Commandments, to develop, strengthen, and utilize those “long-suits” to His Glory. Matthew 5:16 – In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. 2 Corinthians 3:18 – And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. John 14:15 – “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
…Blessings… cjlb… 11/23/14.