By: Joe Pellegrino– Picture this… As a junior in high school, I was the consummate underachiever. Beleiving that somehow I was going to be playing centerfield for the New York Yankees made it easy for me to neglect school. One day while in Mrs. White’s English class I became a disruption, as usual. You know, just trying to be cool. On this particular occasion she asked me to come to the front of the class, made me sit on a chair in the corner and then proceeded to make a dunce cap and put it on my head. Everyone was laughing, but they were no longer laughing with me. They were now laughing at me.
I thought, Is this really who I am? Truth is, I did not like who I was and knew I needed to change. I was not a dunce, but simply a young man who couldn’t find his way. I had so many insecurities. Can you relate?
God made us all “somebody”. Don’t ever let anyone tell you differently. So many of us are the product of who others tell us we are. Remember you were crafted for a purpose. I believe your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to identify what that purpose is and LIVE IT OUT boldly for the Glory of God!
Think about it…
What would happen if you found your purpose and lived it out? How would that change things for you? Imagine waking up every morning and saying “Good God, its morning!” that than “good god, it’s morning!” Start by asking yourself two questions: First, what do I like to do? And secondly, what am I really good at? Write down your answers. Chances are your purpose lies somewhere in the convergance point of those two answers.
For me, covering centerfield for the Yankees was not my purpose, it was just a dream. There was something greater for me. You see there is a great difference between dreams and purpose. Dreams are all about you while purpose is all about glorifying God by serving others!
After all no one’s purpose is to sit in a corner wearing a symbol of ignorance.
Joe Pellegrino is a men’s pastor, author, speaker, certified professional life coach, consultant and entrepreneur. He is the President and founder of Legacy Minded Men, whose mission is to “Transform lives by engaging, encouraging and equipping men to build a Christ centered legacy”.