A lecture from the late Alan Watts that I stumbled on at David Lose's blog the other day. Take a look and ask yourself, "Seriously, if $ didn't matter, what would I do with my life?"
This is about searching the depths of your soul for your passion, your gifting, your calling, your talent [whatever you want to call it]. I believe that God has given us gifts - God has given each person something that makes him uniquely him, and her uniquely her. I had a great conversation with a group of guys the other night on the topic of "giftedness." What is it? Is it something from God, or is it quantifiable, something the school system and others can calculate, formulate, and define? If our true "giftedness" comes from God, don't we have a responsibility to do something with those gifts? I believe we do.
If our gifts are from God; that is, we have been given specific gifts, talents and abilities that are uniquely ours, then we have a responsibility to work within those gifts, or better said, to put those gifts to work.
So, if money was no object, what would you do? "What makes you itch?" I love and hate that question as it forces me to actually take stock of my life, which is both a scary and exciting endeavor. And once you've identified that which truly gives you life, that which makes you itch, what could possibly keep you from its pursuit?
Final word: I'd love to hear about someone seriously doing something about the issue raised in this video. Specifically, the arguments raised that...
1) many of us are "doing things we don't like in order to live longer doing things we don't like."
2) "we're bringing up our children to do the same."
I hope to have the courage to live differently; to truly examine my life, and to encourage my children to follow their dreams; to truly discover what gifts God has given them and be brave enough to pursue a life that puts those gifts to work for God's glory and our neighbors' good.
May you do the same.