To some extent we are all destined to be great but here is what I mean: is everyone destined to be the next Steve Jobs or Oprah? The simple answer is: if you are trying to become that then why are you? If you are trying to achieve that then you are living in the flesh. If we are living the best life we can, following God and glorifying Him then we will become what He wants us to be.
5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.
This was a hard pill for me to swallow because I always wanted to be the best, lead the pack and have a following built up around me. I wanted to do it for the money and fame, not because I was following Christ’s plan but because that was my plan. I felt like I wasn’t doing as well as I should and like I should be doing more. As men we are taught that we are to provide for our families. I have a nice job, making decent pay, I worked my way up to become a manager. Then, my wife became a nurse. I wasn’t the breadwinner anymore. This became hard for me, I spiraled looking for more jobs on the side and trying to become the provider again. My goal was to make more money, not because we needed it, but because I wanted to make more. It was all for the wrong reason, it wasn’t to provide but to show everyone how much money I can make and how great I could become. I had God taken out of my life, He wasn’t in the center. He wasn’t even close to the forefront of my mind. I felt inadequate. I made money come before God, I made becoming great, come before Him.
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Greatness is a relative term, you do not have to be the next big thing. You do not have to make millions or drive exotic cars. The one thing that makes you great is helping others and following Christ. This is a lesson I have had to learn over the years and I can honestly say that I am happier than I used to be having learned this lesson!
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
To become a great person focus on what you can do for others, not how you can push yourself to greatness. If you make a difference in one persons’ life, then you have achieved greatness!