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“Regardless of your lot in life, you can build some thing beautiful on it.” Zig Zigler
In my experience, for many years I felt like some one in the back of a class room – who kept raising their hand to answer the question. But no one called on me. Consequently, I did not feel as though what I had to contributed was very important. In response, I did not feel important. Through my recovery process, I discovered that I needed find out why I felt that I needed to be called upon to feel important. What I discovered was that I had been judging what I was building on my lot, by what I saw on other people’s lots.
What I discovered changed the way in which I framed my feelings of importance. What I discovered was that I no longer needed compare myself to other people to feel important. What I discovered was that I no longer had to wait to be called upon to feel important.
What I discovered was that although no one called on me – or seemed to see my value or importance – who I am and whose I am makes me of great importance. What I discovered was that I began to feel important when I realized that I could use my gifts, talents and abilities in ways that would work for me. What I discovered was that I could be a co-creator – with a loving God — in the lives of the people who He would bring into my life. What I discovered was that I could co-create with a loving God as an emissary of hope.
Not that I could create hope – for hope is created by a loving God — but that I would remind people to not give up on their process, on a loving God or on themselves. Craig J. Phillips
In life you may find yourself siting in the back of a proverbial classroom raising your hand – waiting to be called upon. Nevertheless — as with my experience – you may find that no one is calling upon you. Consequently, you may believe what you have to contribute is of little importance. As I discovered, nothing could be farther from the truth. Through being who you are, you are a light. Through being who you are, you bring hope into the lives of the people who a loving God brings into your life. Be encouraged my friend. You are of great value.
Who you are is of great importance. What you bring to the table of life is essential. Be proud of what you are building on your lot, for it is your creation.
“Insist on yourself, never imitate. Your own you can present with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half-possession…Do that which is assigned to you, and you can not hope too much or dare too much.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
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