Expand Your Vision

Rev. JD here with a motivational message about reaching your dreams and expanding your vision to things greater than yourself. Each person has natural talents just waiting to be honed and used. This does not stop with age, so if you are an old fogey, you are not off the hook. No matter what age you are, you still have dreams and should be setting goals, even if they are small.  But don’t stop there, because the point of our lives should not be self-centered, but expanded outward.

My daughter is doing a film for her senior project, and she could have chosen to do the film on anything.  Because of the life and death of a darling little girl named Bailey, Courtney was inspired to do a documentary film on childhood cancer using a unique idea of giving kids their own cameras to help them tell their own stories.  So much has happened as a result of this project, and just last week, she was asked by Texas Children’s Cancer Center to do the same thing for them after she graduates that she is doing for her senior film.  She is reaching her personal goals of filmmaking, and expanding her vision to things greater than herself.  This is, I believe, the key to true fulfillment in life:  using our God-given talents not only to reach personal goals but to experience the joy of living an expanded life vision.

My son has been strumming a guitar and dreaming of being in a great rock band since he was a little feller.  His dreams are at the start of being fulfilled, and his band had an amazing first tour.  They partnered with a wonderful organization called To Write Love on Her Arms whose goal is to provide hope and help to young people suffering with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. A rep from this non-profit organization flew from New York and toured with the band.  She was able to promote the organization from the band’s merchandise table and spread the word of hope and help.  The band and TWLOHA organization are working to collaborate more in the future and bring  help to thousands of young people.  True personal fulfillment comes from being who God made us to be and then using whatever success we achieve to make a difference in ways that are greater than ourselves.

This principle is true for you, your kids, and your grandkids. You can attend a class to reach a goal, then help someone in that class by offering them a ride or money for a meal.  You can write a letter of encouragement or brighten someone’s day by sending them flowers. You can guide your kids and grandkids to take whatever natural skills they have and urge them to work hard to improve them and set goals for themselves.  Tell them to reach for the stars! Then encourage them to look for ways to turn their lives outward so they don’t become self-absorbed.  I truly believe that when we live this way that we smile, and most importantly God smiles. And everybody said… AMEN!

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  1. I think what you say is so very true, my dear…And I think, too, if you have lived your life this way, you always will—no matter how old you are, because it is something that just comes naturally to you, if it already wasn’t—once you honor your dreams and turn outward so you can help other people, too….And sometimes, you don’t even know how something you have created has effected someone’s life in a positive manner….I have found over the years that if and when people can share this effect with you it is so very gratifying and meaningful, too…!

  2. I say AMEN, too, Rev. JD. You are so right. Way to go Courtney!! That is good news about doing another movie after she graduates. And hurrah for your son and the purpose for their tour. It is terrific!!

  3. This is three (count ’em–3) great stories. The story of Courtney’s dream still growing; the story of your son’s dream fulfilled in a rock band; and the story of how you and your husband raised two magnificent kids with nothing but encouragement. You’re a wonderful and successful family. God bless you all.

  4. Very well said JD!!! How wonderful for Courtney and Tater Tot! It’s great to be able to do the things we love to do, plus helping others at the same time is truly a blessing! Amen!!!

  5. Rev JD so well spoken. You and Keith have truly inspired and motivated Courtney & Taylor from the time they could talk and tell you what they wanted to do. Even when they were very young and would tell you what they wanted to do you encouraged them even though you probably knew that they would change their minds several times before they finally grew up and knew what dream they wanted to follow. I’m so happen and proud of them both. Love you all!!

  6. Several around me in the choir said Amen. It’s all true and most of all it’s fun to be encouragers. Are you back in the states yet? Hope so.

  7. A wonderful post, Jamie D.

    I know you have to be so proud of and happy for both your kids!


  8. Those children have had a lifetime of motivational encouragement from their mama for sure. That has to make a huge difference in their ability to believe in dreams.

  9. The definition of a real Family there Jamie.

  10. Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.

  11. Aha! JD, you’re back from Europe! Mrs. Jim and I are in London yet, still. We came February 14 but will be home tomorrow.

    The main definition of ‘hob’ is a warming shelf beside the stove. Another definition you might think of it short of ‘hobgoblin.’

    I don’t know any old fogeys or fogies either for that matter, or I would help them out. So I guess I’ll keep on working on the kids and grandkids.

  12. Great inspiration!

    That’s why I’ve stopped feeling sorry for myself and started to write again. I’ll have to come back to this post when I get frustrated.

  13. JD
    After that post God had to smile.

  14. Spot on, JD!

    And this is the inspiration for me to kick my own behind and get back to my column.


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