Because my fourteen year old son’s father lives in Ohio and we live near Atlanta, I get to spend a good deal of time at the airport.  Unfortunately, most of my trips there are just that.  Trips to the airport, only to put Adam on a plane, then turn around and drive back home.

For someone who loves to travel, as I do, such a task can be sheer torture.  It’s like dangling a carrot in front of the rabbit’s nose.  Time after time I am forced to pass a dozen or so  gates with boards announcing exciting destinations as I escort Adam to his gate marked “Dayton”.

There, I will sit and wait , eyes scanning the crowd of people waiting along side us (and wondering why the heck so many people WANT to fly to Dayton of all places) as I listen to Adam chatter on.  If we’ve managed to get to the airport in ample time, it usually takes fifteen to thirty minutes before they finally call his zone number.   After what we refer to as our “airport prayer” for traveling mercies, he gives me a big hug and kiss on the cheek, then disappears down the walkway to his plane.

I normally watch out the window until the plane pulls away from the gate before I leave for the parking garage to get my car and embark on the drive back home.

It’s a tiring journey, especially considering that I don’t usually feel like I’ve accomplished anything (except of course, seeing that my son makes it safely to his plane)

To take the edge off the ordeal, I long ago came up with a “game” of sorts I like to play.  As we walk through the terminal, I read the destinations posted at each gate I pass and promise myself that one of these days I WILL impulsively buy a ticket and instead of making the usual trek up I-75 to the house,  go to some incredibly exciting location after Adam has departed for Ohio.

Oh for the day when my biggest dilemma is only to choose which plane I myself will board.

Cleveland?  … ummm NO

Memphis?  …. Nah!

New Orleans?  … maybe …

Puerto Vallarta? … NOW, we’re talking!

The problem is, in over five years of playing my game and making promises to myself, I’ve yet to follow through with it even once.   Instead, I do the same darn thing over and over again.  I take Adam to his gate, watch him get on his plane, then turn around and go back home, ending up right back where I started.

A lot of us live our entire lives in just that manner.  Although it’s easy enough to observe the opportunities life has to offer, and even watch as others take advantage of them, it can be equally as easy to say, “Nah! I’ll do that next time around”  We inadvertently end up putting off our plans until the desire to follow through has faded to only a memory.  How sad!

2008 has come to an end.  Think back to December 31, 2007, what were your plans for the New Year?  Did you follow through?

Or did you watch others pursue their dreams, as you personally chose to simply turn around and go back “home”?

“Flight 2009” is about to leave the gate.  I challenge you to make this the year you stop thinking about getting on board, and instead really go somewhere!  Take that chance! Do something exciting!

Become the person you know you were born to be!  It’s a decision you will not regret.

Here’s to a year of incredible blessings and abundance for you and yours!

Becky Taylor

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In Closing …

December 17, 2008

The last, and most important aspect of living your purpose is that you MUST use it for the good of others! As much as  God surely loves you, He did not place your purpose inside of you merely for your own benefit and enjoyment.

If we see the fulfillment of our purpose only as our own reward, then nothing lasting or worthwhile will really ever come of it.   We’ll either use our personal experience and knowledge to help empower others, or we can keep it all to ourselves and have everything we’ve gained in life buried with us when we die.

Purpose was intended to be an eternal thing.  If handled correctly, your purpose will go on long after you’ve left this earth.  Only then can it be said that you’ve succeeded in that which you were sent here to do.

So!  Let’s just say you have a good, solid idea of what you are supposed to do with your life.

What’s next?
You have to go for it!
Are you sabotaging your purpose?   Is there something you’re allowing to stop you from pursuing your dream?

Rarely, if ever, does a person become what they are meant to be without a good deal of effort.  No doubt there will be obstacles in your way.  This can create what I refer to as a case of the “buts”.

“I’ve always wanted to travel, BUT I just don’t have the time”  “I’d like to go to college BUT I’m not smart enough”   “I’d love to work in the medical field, BUT no one would ever hire me …”

Well, what I like to say in response to those types of statements is,  it’s time to start kicking “buts”!!

If you really want change in your life, you’ve got to overcome the things that are in your way.  You’ve just got to go for it!  Don’t worry about “failure”. Everyone messes up once in a while. That’s how we learn! Don’t even think of it as failing … think of it instead as “successfully finding a way that doesn’t work for you!”

Learn to view negative experiences as “life lessons”. Everything, good or bad, happens for a reason.  How we use our experience is up to us.  You can actually choose to use the stumbling blocks in your life as stepping stones on the pathway to your success!

So …Make a plan!  You wouldn’t leave on vacation without some idea of how you were going to get to where you wanted to go, would you?  Sit down and write out your goals in life. This will be your road map.  Include what you want to do, and when you want to do it. Then, construct a time line. Break your goal down into smaller “bite sized” pieces.  Start with a ten year plan, break that down into yearly increments, then on to monthly, weekly, daily plans, etc.

Remember, just like traveling in the physical sense, you should expect a few detours along the way.  Don’t worry about them!  Enjoy the journey, knowing that as long as you maintain focus, you WILL arrive at your intended destination.

Once you know you’re living your purpose .. LIVE IT TO THE FULLEST!!
It’s wonderful to realize a long sought after dream.  There’s nothing quite like looking back at all the hard work you’ve put into achieving something and seeing how it’s paid off! Celebrate!  Enjoy your moment!  You deserve it!

When you think about the things you long to do in life, picture yourself already there.  How does it feel?  Hopefully one of the feelings that come to mind is “peace”.

Or better yet, does the thought of accomplishing that which you’ve set out to do bring a wonderful combination of peace AND excitement to your spirit?

“Peace” and “excitement” are not normally feelings we think of as happening simultaneously.  It would probably be quite difficult for someone who has never experienced the two together, to understand.   Yet, that is exactly how you will  feel when you KNOW you are walking in your purpose!  It’s an amazing, almost euphoric experience, and one that every person on earth should be able to enjoy at least once in their lifetime.

Here, I think it is important to understand that simply having a sense of “peace” does not necessarily mean you are where God has intended you to be in life.  Sometimes we feel what we might describe as “peace” because we aren’t doing anything to challenge ourselves.   I believe that “complacency” would be a better term for such a situation.

To step out boldly into your calling takes courage.  That’s where the “excitement” part comes in.  It’s that adrenaline rush you get when you try doing something that you are just a wee bit afraid of.  Sure, as long as you don’t confront the fear or accept the challenge, you will feel some kind of peace.

But you won’t be fulfilled, and you’ll never know whether or not you could have succeeded.

For example, I am both exhilarated and frightened half to death at the idea sky gliding … you know, where you jump off the side of a mountain with a set of  “wings” strapped to your back and “glide” around on air currents high above the ground?

I’ve always thought I’d probably love to do that if I could only work up the nerve to try it.

There is a place not to far from where we live, where you can drive up to an overlook of a gorgeous canyon.  People sky-glide there and it is situated so that one can observe safely on the ground as the sky-gliders go soaring by.   Sometimes they come so close that they can actually speak to you!  I love watching them.  I love hearing them “hoop and holler” with glee.  Part of me would love to be out there in the sky like they are instead of watching from the safety of the solid ground on the sidelines.

I’m rather ashamed to admit, however, that thus far my desire to maintain “peace” has over-ridden my longing to feel the exhilaration the sky-gliders are experiencing.  I’m just not quite there yet.  At this stage of my life, I doubt I ever will be.

So,  I have peace but only because I’ve decided, at least for the time being, to “play it safe”.

No guts, no glory!

Hopefully by now if you haven’t discovered what your purpose in life really is, you’ve at least got a better understanding of it than before you started this journey.   If not, please don’t despair!  Give yourself a little more time to ponder and pray!  It WILL come to you.  God has a way of bringing things about at just the right time if we are willing to wait on Him!