August 28, 2020 – A Crisis of Belief!
“God will and can only respond to what you believe. “~ LBW
I posted this blog back on January 31, 2020, almost nine months later, it is even more appropriate. See if it takes on a different meaning today, in a pandemic with many more black men’s deaths by law enforcement and the most division I have ever seen. Our hopes and dreams need to be more laser-focused, not less.
Imagine a world, your world, whether that be school, work, home, your club or gym that you belong to or the team that you competed with, showed up, with eyes wide open in a belief that it would be good. That everyone in your class, department, house, or even your fellow Rotarians or workout partners all believed in the power of their imaginations and knew, like the words in this post, that everything right they want is possible. That the hope they could imagine was going to happen.
If I were speaking to a Christian group, I would use several biblical references at this point, including how a person without a vision shall perish. Or that the substance of Faith is hope and that Faith is that thing we can’t see. I would also think about how we should write that vision down and make it understandable.
Imagine a world where we operate from a belief that life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of what you do about it. And that our actions will measure our lives, stories that result from our hard work, and GRIT. When people tell me our believe system isn’t that important, I say look at me, I am living proof of what a dream and a belief system can do for you.
The thing I can’t ever understand is why people are not talking about their dreams and goals. Schools are not talking about it, employer’s and supervisors are not talking about it, moms and dads are not talking at home, coaches don’t talk about it even though they will say the game is 90%. So, what gives? Do these people care, especially when we know that social media will help people make false dreams and non-personal goals?
I recently experienced an after-school program for 6th graders at a local youth organization, not accepting the opportunity to have their kids learn my 4-step process to help their students. I have a professional colleague who is now a local high school principal, not embrace the opportunity to flip his student body on its head and create a campus full of dreamers and goal setters. Like I mentioned to him, it is hard for students who have hope and a vision for where they are going to go off the rails.