Tuesday, December 4, 2007

leaving a trail

i think we all go through life hoping to leave a mark or legacy if you will. i have yet to meet someone who says that they don't care if their life matters. everyone wants to think that they are doing something...something to leave the world a little better than they found it. we all want to live up to the potential that lies within us. that's some serious pressure! at what point do we wake up and say "i have reached my potential"? i don't think we ever do, and would we ever really want to? at that point, what's the point?

i love the Emerson quote that this blog was inspired by..."do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." i believe two things about the "path" that are unrelated and completely related...

1.) the path is where true potential is found. it's about finding your own unique contribution. the thing only you can do. the thing that you do to leave your fingerprint on this earth, and more importantly beyond this earth. if you follow the masses on the path, to the places that are obvious, will you discover what God has created you to do? possibly. but, what if you take the road less traveled?

2.) the path is all about following God. the Bible is full of those who left trails...this is why thousands of years later we are still talking about them. many of them took the road less traveled.

i want to leave a trail. i don't want to follow the path. i want to do all the things God created me to do, and that happens on the trail.

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