Now, the greater calling that God has for you may not be outwardly impressive or publicly visible. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be high impact in its own way. Expand your vision. You can do something great. Times two! – Furtick
Days ago I came across a passage in a devotional that I’m studying, “Now, the greater calling that God has for you may not be outwardly impressive or publicly visible. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be high impact in its own way. Expand your vision. You can do something great. Times two.”
At first read, this was just another encouraging paragraph. Then I read it again. Expand your vision nearly sat up from the page, grew hands, extended them, and said, “Hello!” I was stuck in a few moments of ponder.
I managed to get through the rest of the day’s devotion, but those words were still echoing loudly in my thoughts. A few days later I was preparing for the funeral of an unexpected death of a family member. I went back and forth with myself, talking myself in and out and in and out of attending. I hate funerals. Better yet, I hate the last memory of someone you love being that of them lifeless in a coffin. It disturbs me. Plus, I spend the entire session filled with so much nervous energy I do and say unrelated stuff just to keep my mind off of it. I’m pretty sure it annoys people. Oh well. It’s a part of life, so I sucked it up and decided to go.
When I arrived the atmosphere was to be expected, solemn. I took a deep breath and headed to the front where the body was to pay my last respects. I had butterflies all the way down the aisle and my hands were sweaty. I hate funerals! As a matter of fact, I was trying to get that part over so quickly, I passed by and overlooked quit a few of my family members. Did I mention I hate funerals? Well, it started and ended as presumed: processional in, a couple of solos, 2 minute I remember drills, the preacher preached, and a processional out. I was praying no one noticed the relief on my face when we hit the lobby. All of my inner parts were shouting, “THANK GOD!”
Maybe it’s tradition, but after every funeral I’ve gone to, food always follows. So, we, as in me and a bunch of my family members, decided to go get a bite to eat. It was destination Golden Corral. I know, I know, buffets are a no-no. HOWEVER, I had to relieve my nerves by pouring my emotions into a greasy plate of mmm mmm good and then eating them. I worked it off later. But anyways, I ended up sitting across the table from one of my older siblings. We jarred and joked about food, life, and family for a while. That’s normally what happens when family gets together. Then, the tone in the conversation tilted a bit, for the good. We left talking about dieting and ended up talking business a bit. And without hesitation, he, my older bother, said these words, “You know, what you’re doing right now with your business ideas and your writing ideas is not necessarily for your peers—the people who know you. You need to see the bigger picture. That stuff you’re doing is to reach people on a bigger spectrum, people who don’t know you. I’m serious! Believe what I’m telling you sis!” Sound familiar? EXPAND YOUR VISION! He had no Idea he was giving me complete and total confirmation. As a matter of fact, I don’t believe he was trying to be prophetic at all. He was just giving me what he thought was good advise. Go ahead and chuckle. I did.
For years I’ve been guilty of trying to convince people who know me that’s there’s something purposeful on the inside of me. What a waste of time. I’m sure a lot of people have been wasting their time doing the same thing. Let me free you. 9 times out of 10, the people who think they know every thing about you, know nothing! They have absolutely no clue of the grand purpose bubbling and about to burst on the inside of you. Heck, I’ve had to convince myself that the ideas that come to my mind aren’t crazy as all get out but a part of the greater scheme of my purpose.
So, I’ve decided to talk myself back in off the ledge of maybe I should forget about this and do that then maybe the people who know me will relate more. There are more than 7 billion people on the earth and I guarantee you millions have not yet been affected by the gift and purpose on the inside of you. Stretch your vision beyond your friends and family and target the billions. You’re called to greater. So am I!
EXPAND YOUR VISION!