“Quality isn’t job one. Being totally . . . amazing is job one.” Hugh Macleod
Most of want to stand out. We secretly dream of being amazing.
Those, at the top in their field, make it look easy. We think, “I could do that.” Yet, we soon realize though there have been a lot of hours spent behind the scenes.
It’s one of the reasons reality TV and computer games are so popular, I’m convinced. We can live out vicariously being amazing through someone else.
I just read a review for the new release of the Tiger Woods golf computer game. With a little practice, as in minutes rather than years, play like you’re Tiger. Only, you really can’t.
The game is amazing. The programmers are amazing. Tiger is amazing. Playing the game doesn’t make you amazing.
I drive by a golf driving range on my way home from the office and watch amateur golfers trying to look like Tiger. They don’t. And neither did I when I played.
Amazing is easy to dream about. Incredibly difficult to achieve.
That’s why it’s important to first ask the question, “Do you truly want to be amazing at something?”
If so what?
- What do you love to do?
- What do you do in your spare time? And no, watching TV and playing computer games is not an answer.
- What are you good at? What do you have natural ability in?
The answers give you clues.
Look at the ones who are amazing. They found their passion, their talent and pursued it with dedication.
Tiger Woods is an amazing golfer but probably wouldn’t have survived in the NFL.
Pavarotti was an amazing tenor but probably a horrible golfer.
Sir Richard Branson has turned amazing adventures into incredible businesses. But he’s probably terrible even at karaoke.
J.K. Rowling is a phenomenally successful writer but her idea of adventure is probably closer to high tea than the high seas.
Each found their passion linked to their talents and pursued it out of a love for doing what they do.
Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12, NIV)
Jesus was the most amazing person to ever walk the earth. Of course he was God as well. But he said we can have even more amazing lives. Wow!
He gives us a clue when he says, “From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it.” (John 14:13, The Message)
That’s the gauge. Line up our desires with what will bring God glory and help others.
Then our passion and talents take on drive. That focus keeps us going in the difficult times.
Too often that passage has been perverted to say, “Whatever you want ask it and tack on ‘In Jesus name’ at the end. Then God, like a genie, will grant your wish.”
That isn’t the point. We’re to align our desires with God’s desires. Then ask in the confidence he will answer. And why wouldn’t he? We’re asking for what he already promised. We’re asking for what we know he already wants.
That gives us staying power.
Look at those who are amazing and glorify God in their actions. Not just the ones who make a show of it but the ones who use their stage to honor God and help others. They become truly amazing.
The sports stars who glorify God off the field as well as on.
The performers who radiate God’s love in their lives.
The business owner who treats his employees with respect and his customers with honesty.
The mom who loves her children and husband and tirelessly gives of herself to better their lives.
These are the ones who are truly amazing.
Yet, there’s a different aspect to it as well. And that’s realizing God designed each of us to be amazing.
The psalmist writes, “I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way. What you have done is wonderful. I know this very well.” (Psalm 139:14, NCV)
God created you just the way you are. No one in history has ever been exactly like you and no one ever will be again. You are unique. God made you special.
So many churches beat people down. Tell people they’re little more than pond scum.
Yet, from God’s viewpoint, he made us to be amazing. He made us wonderful.
When we realize that and trust God to help us unleash that power we become unstoppable. We see ourselves as God sees us. An amazing person filled with incredible gifts.
That perspective has changed my life. God created me just the way I am. He loves me the way he made me. And he wants my life to be creative, exciting and amazing. That unleashes me to live at a new level. I’m free to try my wings and soar.
I’ve crashed at times. But I’ve soared as well. And through it all it’s an exciting, amazing life.
Time for you to realize you are God’s perfect creation? Time to soar and become amazing?
How is your life amazing? Where would you like it to be?
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