How to Develop Your Higher Calling
“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced! Live your life in a manner in which, when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.” – Indian Proverb
You can become a success; I’m certain of it. In fact, Henry David Thoreau said:
“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life in which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
Success will happen. When it comes, what are you going to do? Are you going to keep all your success to yourself? Or are you going to give of your time, your energy and your money? When you become a success, I’d like to press upon you an important thought: Develop your higher calling.
What is a higher calling?
It’s something that you do above and beyond your destiny; in other words, it’s the something that you do to give back to the world.
For many, this might be faith. For others, it might be family or some other worthwhile cause. This higher calling is different for everyone. I challenge you to seek out and develop yours.
As Mother Teresa said: “I do not pray for success, I ask for faithfulness.”
Mother Teresa, possibly more than anyone, devoted almost her entire life to living out her higher calling by founding a mission in Calcutta, India and devoting her life to helping the poor. When she died on September 5, 1997, I am sure she rejoiced at the time when the world cried!
Many professional athletes today come from modest backgrounds. Once they make it to the big leagues, they have the resources to give a tremendous amount of money to their communities.
Take Alex Rodriquez, for example. He’s a professional baseball player who played for the Seattle Mariners for seven years. I watched him come up through the ranks to become the premier shortstop in Major League Baseball.
In the early 1990s, he was a high school student. After the 2000 season, he signed a new contract with the Texas Rangers for $252 million (before becoming a New York Yankee). That’s right – more than a quarter of a billion dollars.
That’s a lot of money by anyone’s count. With a higher calling combined with his looks, personality, charisma and money, Alex Rodriquez can help impact the world for the better.
Alex has chosen to give millions of dollars of his money and countless hours of his time to the kids of inner-city Miami in an effort to help them overcome many of the adversities they face every day.
I know you’re probably thinking: It’s easy to give money away and make a difference if you’re a multi-millionaire.
Everyone can contribute…
That may be easy, but I also believe anyone can make a difference in the world regardless of how much you have to give. How? By giving of your time and energy.
Whether you realize it or not, we are all capable of changing the world if each of us were to reach out within our own communities and help feed, clothe and nourish those in need. One person at a time, each of us can make a difference.
- Spend more time at home with family
- Volunteer for neighborhood and community boards or committees
- End domestic and sexual violence
- Become involved in a world wide cause
- Coach a kid’s sports team
- Donate food to food banks
- Rescue animals
- Donate money or clothes to worthy organizations
- Volunteer your time in a church group
- Save a sea creature that has been washed ashore
This is an excerpt from my book “Creating Your Own Destiny”.
As a Motivational Keynote Speaker, I can speak on this subject or adapt my subject to your audience.
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