I have been doing a lot of thinking lately about those that achieve greatness. What are the unique qualities that the great ones possess that the mere average people do not? Are the great ones born great? Were all the great ones raised in perfect nurturing homes that promoted greatness? Did all the great ones start early? These and thousands of other variables have been analyzed and debated for centuries in an effort to capture the magic formula for greatness. Most of our world assumes that greatness is the result of some mystical force that sprinkles the lucky ones with “talent” dust.
I do not for a moment want you the reader to believe that I have uncovered the mysteries of greatness in my infinitesimal existence, but I do believe that one can discover the hidden secrets to achieving personal greatness in their own lives. I believe that God created each of us with the potential to achieve personal greatness, and our mission in life is to uncover that treasure buried in the recesses of our souls and find a way to reach that pinnacle. Similarly to the story of Hansel and Gretel, God leaves us a trial of breadcrumbs on the paths of life that lead us to the discovery of our great purpose. But just like the story, we have a world full of birds of prey disguised as challenges and obstacles that eat up our personal breadcrumbs.
Unfulfilled greatness leaves most of our clues either lost or buried, and as a result many of us retreat to the comforts of the television in an effort to live our greatness through the fictional lives of heroic characters. I believe that God is looking to re-birth your personal greatness. But before anything can be born there must be parents that come together to form new life. So who are the parents of greatness in your life? Do not think for a minute that the luck of the lottery is the mother of your greatness! Most likely we cannot assume that the doldrums of corporate America will father your greatness…Our personal greatness does have parents…Preparation married Hard Work and had a child named greatness. No way around it. No test tube babies, no donor fathers or surrogate mothers. Preparation through study, meditation, and prayer combined with an unwavering, relentless, dogged determination to win is the formula to greatness. It does not matter how talented you are. Talent is an orphan! Are you preparing and doing the work necessary to be great? Only you, and God know, but if you are, the world will soon know as well. And when you do achieve all the greatness that God has planned for you, do not let this world give credit to your talent and dishonor your preparation and hard work.