My wife, Liz, came to me last week as I was getting ready for work and said, “I could totally see you being a speaker someday.”
Her words floored me.
Little did she know, I had been wrestling that idea in my head for weeks. This was the catalyst I needed. It was time for me to pay attention to what I was feeling in my heart.
I grabbed an old, dusty journal, a high school graduation gift, and I penned these three words at the bottom of the page:
I am here
Those words were a recognition that the culmination of my past experiences had all led me to this point. Just as decisions have shaped my past, decisions will the shape my future. Today, I step confidently in that direction.
The truth is, I have always found my greatest joy when I’ve had the opportunity to help others. It is my heart’s passion. As I started to connect the dots, I began to feel a calling. What if this is what I was created for?
I’ve heard it said that when your passion meets your strengths, you’ve found your calling. I want to test and see if that is true.
Trusting the Inner Voice
Thirteen years ago, I was asked to give my testimony at church after a mission trip to the Bahamas. After I shard those words at church, I began to feel a whisper—a longing to tell a story.
Since then, I’ve had numerous occasions to speak in a variety of settings. Regardless if it was a business setting or a more intimate, personal setting, I have been met with encouragement. People kept telling me I needed to speak. I always responded kindly and shrugged off the idea because I was sure no one would care to listen. In fact, I wondered if I even had a story to tell.
I will listen to those voices no longer.
I will listen to the voice that says:
Don’t doubt your heart. Don’t doubt your story. Don’t doubt Me.
As I was writing in my journal, I flipped through the pages from years past. Although they were covered with dust from lack of use, I quickly recognized moments that were unique. Despite the fact that the pages skipped days, weeks, and even years, they consistently confirmed a truth. My heart has been calling me for years.
I have an overwhelming feeling to listen intently to what my spirit is saying. I can’t explain why, but I feel urged to respond. The demands of three small children and the responsibilities of running a business provide plenty of excuses—excuses I will no longer listen to.
Advice from a Friend
I recently met with my good friend, Tom Morris. Tom is a published author twenty times over and has been speaking to organizations for more than twenty years on concepts of success and personal achievement. His encouragement was overwhelming.
He looked right at me and said, “Matt, don’t let what is good keep you from what is great. You need to start writing.”
“About what?” I sheepishly replied.
“Grab a pen, it will come to you.” He replied.
This blog is a step of faith to trust what Tom encouraged me to do.
I am going to write.
I will put pen to paper, or keys to a screen in my case, and see what happens. You are reading the product of my first step. I am making the choice to listen to what I feel is a calling on my heart. My prayer is that it, in some way, encourages you. I’m not exactly sure how, but that is my hope.
My destiny is certain, so I will act with a decided heart. I choose to take steps in that direction with gratitude and a smile on my face.
Should you care to join, I’d love the company.