Sunday, January 25, 2009

We Can Be Great

For the next few weeks we are going to be working out of this book - The “Science of Being Great”. Wallace Wattles, the author, is presenting some ideas that he worked with in the last half of the 1800s and they are remarkable in that they are still true today - because they are grounded in what we call Truth - with a capital T. They are ageless principles that anyone, anywhere can work with and transform their lives.

The Science of Being Great - When we hear the words GREAT it may be hard to imagine ourselves as a GREAT person.

What is greatness? We all have people we admire – people who made or are making a difference in the world. We all know of many famous lives that have inspired us. GREAT people have an impact on us. They inspire us or encourage us - even if we have never met them.

There was a life I would like to tell you briefly about. Born 1991, writing poetry at aged three, wondering why there was so much discord on the planet at aged 5, wrote letters to the leaders of Bosnia, the United States, Britain to offer ways for peaceful solutions. Continued to write 1000s of poems and essays on peace, life, love. Appeared on Oprah, spoke at universities, was interviewed by Nobel Peace Prize winners. He wanted to known as a Poet, Peacemaker and Philosopher. He did all this before he died at the age of 13 years. He also did this with a ventilator breathing for him, a heart monitor to start his heart when it would stop, his life in an electric wheelchair. His name was Mattie Stepanek. His life inspires me.

He didn’t stop to think - I wonder what a little kid like me can do. Who am I to try to champion world peace? He knew what he felt and he did what he could.

We sang a song back in November and the chorus went like this: do all you can, with all you have, in the time you have, in the place you are. What a great example of this. do all you can, with what you have, in the time you have, in the place you are.

And what we can each do is different and unique. Each one of us is here right now because there is something that we have to offer the world that no one else can. Think about it.

Right where you are - right now. Not waiting until….we are older or smarter or have a degree or our children grow up or…………….so many reason why we put off what we can do. In our lives we will go through many cycles and phases of what we are contributing to the world. If we have young children - then doing the best we can with the resources we have at this moment - is our priority. In 10 years it will be something different. In 50 years it will be something else.

Look at Rev Don - our minister emeritus. How old is he? I know he doesn’t mind telling us…………93 years old. You may have read the articles he writes for our website and newsletter. An enquiring mind - sharing his thoughts - and making a difference in the world. Thank you for being great - right now.

Wattles says in his book: ‘there are no common people”.
We all have the potential to be GREAT. In some way - large or small.

A young child is walking along a long sandy beach. She sees hundreds of starfish have been cast up on the shore, drying out and dying. As she walks along she picks up each one and tosses it back into the sea. An adult walking the other way sees what she is doing and sees the hundreds of stranded starfish and says to the little girl – there are hundreds of starfish – its not going to make any difference. The little girl picks up a starfish – tosses it into the sea and says: it makes a difference to that one!

That is being great - doing what you can at the moment. However seemingly small or insignificant.

Get Clear
One of the steps in living a great life is getting clear on what we want in the moment. To be open to the opportunities in the moment.

Acknowledge our Power Connection
So we remember that we are great, we get clear on what is ours to do - right now - which is the only time we have….. and the third thing is to acknowledge our Power Source.

One day I thought I would do something really smart. Before I left for church, I put all the ingredients for a delicious soup in my crock-pot. I knew it would be ready to eat when I got home – I was really looking forward to this easy solution for lunch. Well, I got home and went to the pot – first of all – I didn’t smell anything cooking when I entered the house – which is one of the great things about cooking ahead….that should have tipped me off right there. Anyway I went to the pot and it was cold – not cooked. I had not plugged it in.

And this is us. We have the power – we are hard-wired with this power. It is part of spiritual blueprint - of our spiritual inheritance. – and we forget to tap into it and use it. It’s infinite and limitless - and we forget. We forget that we are connected to the Source of Infinite Wisdom and Power and Love.

So don’t wait to be great.

Do all you can with what you have, in the time you have, in the place you are.