In Others’ Words: Alive
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~Howard Thurman, theologian
My friend, Lindsay Harrel, shared this quote with me.
Now when I say Lindsay is my friend, I must confess we haven’t met. Yet. We’ve connected via the Internet. For all the times I’ve bemoaned how social media can be overwhelming, there are times it can be so rewarding.
Case in point: When you connect with someone — when you go beyond commenting to connecting.
Lindsay had this to say about the quote she shared: This quote is such a good reminder that God made us with certain passions and gifts. Instead of simply looking for work that needs doing, we should look at the areas in which He’s gifted us and look for ways to use that gift. If everyone was able to do what he/she was passionate about, then this world would be a better place, since those who love the Lord would be serving Him in the ways that come most naturally to them. It’s just like the Bible says: “But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be” (1 Cor. 12:18).
For more of Lindsay’s thoughts on this quote, she blogged about it back in October 2011 in a post titled “Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah, Stayin’ Alive” on her blog The Mustard Seed.
In Your Words: I’ll ask the question for you: What makes you come alive? Are you doing it? If not, why not? Is there one thing you can do today to make yourself more alive?
Commentors and followers of In Others’ Words: Would you share your favorite quotes with me? It would be fun to highlight them in future blog posts. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.