Kirk and Charlene Johnson, Ruth and Dr. Myles Munroe
More than three years ago, I asked my mentor, bestselling author and well-known public speaker Dr. Myles Munroe to forward the book I was writing. I had the title and the first chapter completed. After discussing the name and content, he said he was willing. As you may imagine, I was honored and thrilled. Unfortunately, my enthusiasm did not translate to productivity. I procrastinated and just over a year ago, he passed away in a tragic plane crash.
What’s the moral of the story? Within you is untapped potential. However, it is of little value if it remains dormant. As such, studying arduously for a final or certification exam is effort wasted if you don’t show up for the test. Being gifted as a singer, leader, writer or some other discipline is for not if we make excuses about why we don’t have the time, talent or resources to follow through.
I cannot change the past, but surely I can do something about the present. So can you. My book will be released in early 2016 and my encouragement to you is simple. “Your future is depending on you. Tap in to your potential so you won’t have to tap out by default.” ~ Kirk Johnson #thingsthatmatter
In August 2013, I shared a post titled “Fear Not.” I was then in Florida reflecting on a fairly tough time in my life. In that post, I promised I would in time share some good news with you. Since then, against significant financial odds I was accepted to graduate school and I am now just a few months away from graduating with honors. Also since that date, I married Charlene, my compliment, best friend and the woman I love dearly. Plus, my first book will be published by the summer.
Despite the unbelievably devastating loss of my mentor and friend Dr. Myles Munroe, I reflect on the telephone conversation we had three days before the plane crash that killed him, his wife Pastor Ruth and seven others. It was November 6, 2014 and Pastor Munroe and I were confirming arrangements for him to talk to students in the leadership perspectives class I taught at my university. He died before it could happen but during that conversation he had said something remarkable I will never forget. He told me he was proud of me and had recently reviewed a copy of my life’s vision and mission statement I gave him more than five years prior. He told me I was on track and encouraged me to continue my work.
In similar form, I encourage you to have a personal vision and mission statement for your life and then to pursue it with vigor. Now is the time. Your moments are here. Let not life triumphs and/or tribulations distract you. Miracles may take many forms and may be as “simple” as the change of ones heart from apathy and unforgivenness to altruism and compassion. What you do matters!
Live Your Potential. Don’t let it die. You will face opposition and you will feel pain. But you’ve got promise, will, grit, ability, stamina, fortitude, faith and even in a stranger, a Friend. Now, make sure you have a PLAN. You’ve got it in You. GO for it because WHAT YOU DO MATTERS!
It has been a really long time since I last wrote and I have about a million great excuses for you. Reasons like, “I’ve been super busy” and “There’s been a lot going on.” Truth is, I felt like I didn’t have the ‘right’ words to say. I waited for and even anticipated the perfect juxtaposition of words. I was sure that once inspired, my words would flow like tapestry on virtual paper. It simply did not happen. But eventually something clicked.
Finding the right time and the right words have a lot to do with what we value. It isn’t that we do not have demanding schedules or that we don’t have to choose among choices. Fact is, that’s life. Life requires us to make choices among competing options. It expects us to prioritize the more important things and very importantly, to balance and harmonize them. Otherwise, we risk not getting things done or getting many things done but in the wrong direction.
“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after,” Henry David Thoreau. We can spend a lot of time and effort on a good thing, a great project, even a worthy goal. But is it consistent with the direction your life should move towards? Where are you investing your life? Are you making the time for what and who really matters? Had I continued to wait for the perfect words, I could not share this blog with you. Life is a mix of relationships and decisions.
Check your life’s compass to make sure you are on course. You’ve got what it takes and What You Do Matters!