Episode 83: You are the Best You the World Has Ever Known [from the archive]

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Summary of Main Ideas

I recently had a friend tell me, “I don’t know how you do what you’re doing.”

I give a ton of speeches, travel a bunch, and he was telling me that he had no idea how I did it all. And my response was pretty simple. I simply said, “Nobody can make my impact but me.”

 

We all have a part to play in this world. We all have a verse to sing in this song we call life, and nobody can sing your part except for you.

 

So what is your impact? What is the impact that you need to make today that only you can make? Maybe it’s an impact at home, with your spouse or your kids. Maybe it’s an impact at your job, or with your students, or with the barista at Starbucks.

 

Whatever it is, it is your role to play.


Just like the apostle Paul talks about in the book of 1 Corinthians, we are all members of one body. We all have a role. Some of us are hands, or feet, or ears, or knees, or elbows. And it can be really easy to say “well I’m not as important as THAT person.”

But how well does a body function without feet? Or without toes? Or without lungs?

 

I’d encourage you. Wake up today and go do everything within your power to make the impact that you need to make, that only you can make.

 

It’s easy to look at the world and focus on all of the things that are broken, but I would encourage you to look for the good. Look for the people using their impact to make the world a better place, then go out and do the same.

 

The world is made better when you are you.


Quotes

“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ” 1 Corinthians 12:12

“Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman


Reflection Questions

  1. What part is it that you were born to play in this world?

  2. Where have you convinced yourself that you don’t have a role to play, or that your role isn’t significant?

  3. What is the one thing in the world that you do better than anybody else?