A few years ago I told my dad that Charissa and I were thinking of moving away from Newport News, Virginia.
"Why?" he asked.
"The world is in my heart dad. I can't imagine staying in this city when I have so much that I want to do and see," I replied.
He said something in that moment that was bigger than us both. It was a call from above. It was like a firebrand identifying the man I was to become.
"If what you're looking for isn't here then maybe it's because you haven't shown up yet," he told me.
I knew in my heart he was right. At first I fought what he was saying, but who was I kidding? It was the truth. I was looking for a city, a tribe, a mission, a conflict and a prize. My guts were calling out for something more in life. I always felt like I was at somebody else's party. I was the consumer. I was the audience. Never before had I seen it. My life was seed for sowing into the soil. This was an epiphany.
Be here now.
It's the secret of success. It's the essence of love. It's the plow that makes hard ground fertile. It brings delight to the soul. It's Christ on the Cross and it's the angelic choir announcing Good News of Great Joy. It's the stone rolled away. It's weeping with those who weep and seeing your enemies as people of great worth. It's getting off your butt and hitting the dance floor like it's 1999. It's full of repercussions. It's committed. It's freedom in practice.
Years later I've begun to find the synergy I was looking for. It is right there when I make room for others. I've been realizing that my dreams coming true looks like your dreams coming true. I'm still learning. I feel like I'm just beginning to walk this way.
This past week I shared the above on Facebook and had a huge response. Over twenty people shared this on their wall. Here is one of the comments I received: "Scott, you have no idea what this means to me. I have wanted out so bad from [her hometown], but every time my husband and I try to get out, the door shuts. I finally decided if God isn't releasing us we need for our hearts turn to the people that are here. This was hard for me. There seems to be nothing here of what I had hoped to do for the Kingdom, but this just really solidified what I have felt. I, too, have so much I want to do. Man, 'someone else's party', wow. You just hit so much in my heart today."
Why do we think success is standing on the mountain top as opposed to climbing the mountain? I know that the longing in my heart for my destiny ultimately was a distraction that kept me from what I was created for—spending my life right now. I'm convinced that opening my heart to be here now is the goal and the prize.