Friday, February 4, 2005
Allow me to tell you about a man who died and met Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates. Realizing Saint Peter was a wise and knowledgeable person, he said, "Saint Peter, I have been interested in military history for many years. Tell me who was the greatest general of all times?"
Saint Peter quickly responded, "Oh, that's a simple question. It is that man right over there," as he pointed nearby.
The man said, "You must be mistaken, Saint Peter. I knew that man on earth. He was just a common laborer."
"That's right, my friend," replied Saint Peter. "But he would have been the greatest general of all time - if he had been a general."
You were created with natural abilities and an internal compass that guides you toward a particular focus for your life. That's only the starting point; the next step is yours. You have an obligation to expand that potential to its ultimate destiny. In all your grand uniqueness, you were given the abilities to do something no one else can. The real challenge comes in finding out what that something is.
Michelangelo said, "It is only well with me when I have a chisel in my hand." Michelangelo may not have fully known who he was or what his particular destiny was, but he knew a certain peace when he had a chisel in hand and a slab of marble to create. And create he did. He is one of the greatest sculptors of all time, because he stepped forward to sculpt and sculpt and sculpt.
what you are supposed to do and do it. Find that passion inside that fuels
your excitement for Life - regardless of how menial or insignificant you
may think that passion is - and give it all your effort and heart. Use
your uniqueness to give to the world that gift that was destined to be
given by you.
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