My colleague at Abilene Christian University, Randy Harris, once said, “The one who wins is the one who can die happily. Who can look back on their life and say, ‘That was good.’ Who lives their life the way they wanted to. You can’t decide a lot about your life, but you can choose how you live it.”
This is so true. Each one of us lives in some circumstance that we wouldn’t choose, be it illness, disability, a relationship gone awry, or so many other things. We are born where we are born, to the family that we have, in the culture that we grow up in. Some of us do have choices that allow us to leave circumstances that we don’t like, but many times we don’t. What struck me about Randy’s words was the hope that whatever my circumstances, we can still choose to live our lives fully. We cannot change some of the things in our lives, but we can choose how we respond to them, what we do with them.
In this new year, I encourage you to think about what you can do to make a difference in the world around you, whatever your circumstances may be. As you approach this new year, instead of thinking about how many pounds you want to lose or dollars you want to earn, think about how you want to become all that you can be.
You, my friend, are a beautiful and amazing person. You have talents and skills to offer this old world as it spins around another time, and as you open your heart and share yourself with this world, you will make it better. You will become a world changer. This year, decide that you will be the hero of your own story. For some of us, that will mean just putting one foot in front of the other or getting up in the morning. For some of us, that will mean finishing that project that we’ve started, or taking a risk to try something new. Whatever is happening in your life right now, believe that you can make a difference. In ways both big and small, you can change the world.