There’s a small part of every person that wants to be a superhero. The chance to swoop in and save someone from certain doom or defend the weak and innocent from power hungry monsters, we crave it. For me, it’s not a small craving. It’s like a prego woman’s desperate 3am ‘if I don’t get it I’ll die’ craving. I should’ve been born on another planet that was exploding and just in the brink of time, my parents would sacrifice themselves to see me to safety or at 8 years old my parents would be orphaned and it would drive me to become a man of justice!
I didn’t get any of that and thankfully so. In the real world, heroes aren’t made to be in tights or capes. Heroes don’t come from super powers, blessed with something no one else has. They come from being totally normally people that do extraordinary things. Take my boy Winston. Winston Churchill was a normal little Prime Minister that despite the big bad German super bullies, stood them down and said, “No sir, not on my turf.” It is because of his heroic efforts that I want an English Bulldog and I want to name him Winston but I’d call him Governor. Because who wouldn’t want to come home to an adorable pup and enthusiastically say “Ello Govna!”
Here’s the weird thing though. He wasn’t just a normal guy. He was the Prime Minister. That means he put up with a ton of politics and difficulty to reach a desired position. He couldn’t have known that the tenacity he possessed would one day define him as both a national leader and as a legend.
The idea is, we all have a lot to go through to get where we can be in position to make a heroes difference. To be able to hit the grand slam at the World Series, you have to make it onto a starting spot of a championship caliber team. That means a lot of grinding. Day in and day out, nothing special. Nothing elaborate. Just consistently pushing to get better.
There is a huge issue with grinding. It is boring! It is no fun. It requires a dirty word that starts with a “d” and ends with a “iscipline”. No one likes that stuff. It means putting off what you want now for what you want in the future (at least that what something on pinterst said).
I had a friend share with me a little idea. He said that vision is the destination for where you want to be. You gotta know where you are going. The car is your refusal to give up until you get there. And discipline is the gasoline that moves your car from where you are to where you want to be. The only problem is, gas isn’t cheap (even if you drive one of those wimpy smart cars). If you’re going to fuel your determination, you’re going to have to start doing some things and stop doing some things.
One of the best things I’ve ever done was take a sheet of paper (your true friend in a digital age) and at the top I wrote where I wanted to go. Then I wrote two categories. Things I needed to do to get there and things I needed to stop doing to get there. I made copies of that magical sheet of paper and put them up all over the place.
I’m lying. I didn’t do any of that. That would have shown me to be a driven, motivated, and disciplined person. But ya know what, I want to be that person. So here goes. I’m gonna do it. Getting my sheet of paper out! Ok, I can’t find any paper. Hold please. Done. Paper and pen in hand. I got 5 on each side. What did you get? Oh. You didn’t do it with me? I see how it is.
For those that participated, continue to read. For those who consumed my inspirational writing like this was a sample at Sam’s Club, that’s all you get! Read no more!
Next step is to get someone else involved. I text my best friend this question: “Captain Jack Sparrow(obviously I have cool friends), you know what I’ve shared with you that I feel called to. What is something I need to start doing to prepare myself for that to happen as well as what is something I need to stop doing?” Hold on, my Mum is calling. Dang she is awesome! Anyway, now I get to wait for my bro to text me back.
While I’m waiting, here’s an idea. You are a part of God’s solution to a specific problem. Don’t believe me? Read your Bible. Jeremiah 1:5 specifically. God had a plan in mind for how you can make a difference in this world before you ever had the God-given thought. He set you out to be a hero before you were ever born. That means the vision is His, the car is His, but the gas is up to us. And even then, He gives us the grace to sustain us. Bringing it all back to Him. What a great Dad!
If you’re in a season where you feel like you’re not doing anything with your life, it’s ok, we’ve all been there and you’ll probably find yourself there again. Keep grinding. If you’re in a place where you’ve gotten off course, it’s ok, we’ve all been there and you’ll probably find yourself there again. Keep grinding. If you’re doing incredible and knocking down doors, kicking in teeth, & whooping some aspirin! It’s ok. We’ve all been there and you’ll probably find yourself there again. Keep grinding.