Monday, August 21, 2006

Encouragement Series: Greatness

Have you ever wondered what makes some people great and others just average? I know I have, and after countless books, tapes, and interviews I've discovered that what separates "those who do" from "those who don't" is something very simple and often overlooked - faith!

We've talked about the importance of vision and determination. Both qualities are prerequisites for making your dreams come true. But, if there's no "faith" you won't reach your goals. That's what made the great great - they believed that they could reach their goals no matter what came against them. And that is a simple definition of faith!

Faith is a creative force and when you truly believe, not with your head but with your heart, then something marvelous happens. It's not scientific or quantitative, but it's real! When you believe that the dreams God has planted in your heart will come true, things around you start to change. All of a sudden opportunities begin to appear, people begin to help you, and you find yourself enjoying favor with people you never thought possible. Why? Because your faith is creating the opportunities, drawing the people and resources you need, and breaking down the barriers that you never thought would move.

I want to encourage you this month to take a few moments, get alone, pray, and begin to build your faith for the dreams and desires of your heart. Faith is a force just like gravity, and if you will believe with your heart and let it flow from inside of you, you'll find that nothing and I mean NOTHING is impossible to him (or her) who believes.

(A note about this image)
This picture was created during a Chicago Bulls basketball game. It was a blessing as I was able to take my Mom to a professional basketball game for the first time in her life. We sat in a VIP box with the "red carpet" treatment and during a break I captured this image with my old Samsung 35mm point and shoot camera.


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