Have You Developed 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
By now you should be well on your way to living your destiny: You know what you want out of life, you’re taking action on a daily basis and you’re prepared to overcome obstacles, risks and adversities that lie in your way.
You will 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 do become a success, I’d like to press upon you a final 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 for some other worthwhile causes. 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 a time when the world cried!
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 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 what you’re probably thinking: It’s easy to give money away and make a difference if you’re a multi-millionaire.
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!
This is an excerpt taken from my book “Creating Your Own Destiny”.
If you are an event or meeting planner, this is one of the many topics I can speak on, or I will be happy to customize the topic to relate to the needs and interests of the audience I will be speaking to.