Contribution

“There’s a billion people on the planet. I mean what does any one life really mean?” – Quote from the movie, Shall We Dance

For many of us the struggle and feelings of creating ripples and impact in our world with so many faces and so many things can be haunting and a driving force for why we do the things that we do. It can also create space for incapacitating people from ever even trying. This is where I find many of my clients. The fact that so many of us don’t ever get to our greatest potential is our very own self.

The contributing factor being that we don’t feel we can actually do anything that will create larger than life results. That our efforts are just not worth it or that what we have to offer is not good enough. That there is nothing truly “new under the sun”. Or worse the real reason that we want to do it has nothing to do with impact and others but rather we want personal attention and that is the wrong motivator so why even try?

What drives you?                                                                                                                            What are the things you desire to contribute to your family?                                              Your community?                                                                                                                            Your world?

There is always the why in what we do or don’t do. The why will help you clarify and help you stay on course when the fear grips you from going bigger in your goals and your impact.

 It has never been done before by you!  This one thought can help remind us all that each of us comes to the table with something unique and special. And it is worth doing!

Contribution has great upshot and one of the largest is that when you are contributing to a greater cause or a greater idea you are pouring out rather than consuming. Consuming money, space, time, and negativity helps no one and lest of all you. When you are nervous to go for it, when you are sure someone else has already written that book, or run the race faster, or started that kind of a company, or fostered that kid better, or had more time to give. Remember, contribute verses consume. Which one is it? Some of us think we are contributing but in actuality all we are doing is consuming.

Take the time to learn knowledge and then share that knowledge. By doing so you are spreading great, inspiring things. That alone is one of the greatest contributing things that all of us can do. Some of us can come up with these incredible things and ideas but it takes many people to spread something exceptional. Look at the very gospel of Jesus as an example. Become part of something bigger than yourself.

It is a basic human need to create and contribute. We were born with it in all of us. However, we create with expectations of the turn out. When it doesn’t turn out like we had hoped we see it as to hard and to painful, so we give up. Children draw pictures and build Lego’s and love whatever it is that is created. But then they see something else. They see a bigger Lego castle, or a better picture and they decide that their’s is not worthy. We as adults have the same issues and insecurities. Let us create without expectation. Let’s create just for the pure joy of creating and contributing.

1.When was the last time you tried something new? …………………………………………………………..

2.How much are you learning and growing right now? ……………………………………………………….

3.Do you feel you’re doing too much – or not enough? ……………………………..

4.When was the last time you took a risk? ………………………………………………………………

5.Do you feel like it’s time for a shift – or a change? ……

Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. Romans 12: 6-8

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