November 15, 2006
It all starts here....
Think of the power in this one little seed.......to start a whole tree that will grow thousands of apples in it's lifetime, each apple holding within it hundreds more trees.....
think of the power in this tiny little seed.
...I'll be back later to tell you what I think.
Ok...I am back...I am sitting in bed right now with my comfy blanket and my sweet hubby thinking about this whole thing...and, I have been thinking about it all day....all year, in fact....figuring out the miracle of an apple seed has been the story of my life for quite some time..... The miracle of seeds is really the specific blueprint that is in each seed....every seed has a specific plan built in to it before it ever starts to grow into whatever it is destined to grow into.....
......and, many a girl (including me) has spent hours and days and years trying to be an apple tree or an almond tree or a pine tree or a palm tree.........when she started out as an acorn.....and, IF ONLY she would figure it out, and then embrace it.......she could understand, enjoy and thrive at being a beautiful, strong, enduring oak tree, and she would bless so many and affect so much if she stopped wasting time trying to be something else....if she'd focus on growing into the blueprint in that acorn.....and if a girl who started out as an apple seed begs, pleads, studies & pays-for all sorts of lotions, potions and techniques to become an oak tree......she'll just spend her whole life frustrated AND waste a whole lot of beautiful apples, too.
WHY do we do this to ourselves?
Rhonda read some lines to me over the phone, from a great book...a month or so ago.....about finding your 'sweet spot'....and....what she read turned a belief that I've always had absolutely upside down....you see, I REALLY used to believe that you can choose whatever you want to be, however you want to be, whatever you want to do.....and then, if you work really hard, and stay really determined.... you can just go and do it......and be really phenomenal at it....BUT, through lots of trying and failing and disappointingly succeeding and even going on auto-pilot....it all became clear to me (I'll show you this book in a minute) the book says...."You can not be anything you want to be...but you can be everything God wants you to be..."
really. I mean, let's be honest....really. It's true.
I'm going to quote some more great stuff out of this book.....this is good stuff. This is the kind of stuff that makes you want to know FOR SURE what kind of seeds are planted in you, what kind of seed you are......what is YOUR blueprint.....but, we are people, we are God's children....so, we aren't just an oak tree that grows into other oak trees....we are each a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.....there will never be another one created like YOU...or ME....I am the only me, ever.....YOU are the ONLY you, ever.
"The Author of the human drama entrusted your part to you alone. Live your life, or it won't be lived. We need you to be you.
YOU need to be you.
You can't be your hero, your parent, or your big brother. You might imitate their golf swing or hair style, but you can't be them. You can only be you. All you have to give is what you've been given to give. Concentrate on who you are and what you have. Don't compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life."
"IF YOU AREN'T YOU, WE DON'T GET YOU...THE WORLD MISSES OUT."
and the back of the book says...
"God made only ONE version of you. He custom designed you for a one-of-a-kind assignment."
These are things that I believe...I KNOW this is true....I know it because I have been all over the place...near and far from where I am destined to be....near and far from my one-of-a-kind assignment...and, I've been around people who are THERE, and there is nothing like it in the whole world...nothing more exhilirating and freeing and beautiful than someone who knows, accepts and goes 100% into the custom-designed blueprint for WHO they really are........
...and the cool part is finding out that it's the stuff that makes you happiest, the stuff you are very best at, the stuff that makes your heart sing....the stuff that makes you "look at the sky and say...'I was born to do this'" Problem is.....too many of us feel guilty when we're doing things that make us this happy....when really, TRULY, what God wants most for us is that kind of happiness....that's why He made us this way, that's why He put those deepest desires into us.....to be creative, to express ourselves, to read about and study certain things, to help in ways that only we can....they are different for each one of us, and we really need to listen.
So...here's another great book.
"Cure For the Common Life" by Max Lucado
You will be so glad that you took the time to get this book and to read it.....it's good stuff...and I'm so glad that Mr. Lucado knows who he is enough to share his gifts....that's what it's all about....we need each other to get through life.....and we all have a different job to make it happen....and they're all so important......
Be exactly who you are....and be even more of that tomorrow......
You are just right.....
Lots of Love