MOTIVATION & INSPIRATION
By Deion Sanders with Tejado W. Hanchell, Ph. D
Life is a series of entrances and exits, openings and closings, beginnings and endings. We’re just a few short weeks into a brand new year. This year, 2012, should be viewed as the celebration of a new beginning. It doesn’t matter what happened last year – good or bad – a new year brings a fresh start and a clean slate. All of the mistakes of last year are over. They’re gone, in the past, under the bridge, and somewhere over the rainbow.
Last month, I told you that failure is a gift. However, like any gift, it has to be unwrapped, understood and utilized. This New Year brings a new opportunity to turn your past failures into future victories. The good news about failure is that yesterday’s defeat, disappointment, or embarrassment cannot prevent today’s victory! I can recall moments as an average baseball player going through a tremendous slump. All I needed was that one hit to get me going. Failure represents an ending, but if handled properly, it can also be a new beginning.
There have been many times in my life where something others deemed as failure, turned out to be a blessing in my life because it opened the door to a new opportunity. The Atlanta Falcons never pursued me after the 1993 season and allowed me to become a free agent. I was hurt. I was devastated, and I felt unappreciated. Nevertheless, I went on to sign with the San Francisco 49ers and wound up being the Defensive MVP and winning my first Super Bowl. Many of us miss out on opportunities because we don’t realize that OPPORTUNITIES often come disguised as OBSTACLES. If we learn to overcome the obstacle, we can take advantage of the opportunity. We can turn a terrible ending into a new beginning. *Now, I feel like preaching!*
Last year may have not been a great year for you, but the good news is that last year was LAST year! You’ve been blessed with a new day, a new year, and you can turn it into a new life! But you cannot have LIFE…without LIGHT. You may be in a dark place right now, but it’s time for you to turn on the light. It’s your time to shine!
In order for a light to shine, it must have a power source. It has to be PLUGGED IN. Who or what are you plugged in to? If your light doesn’t have any power, perhaps you need to check your connections. Who or what are you connected to? You can’t shine your light hanging around a bunch of dark folks with no power. Light comes from light. *I’m gonna say that again.* Light comes from light, and you definitely need to be plugged in to the ultimate Power Source – the One who they call The Light of the World.
For your light to shine, you also need to be TURNED ON. I don’t mean sexually. What I mean is, “what’s your passion?” What turns you on? What gets you excited about life? What gets your juices flowing? What would you do even if there was no check at the end of the week? Focus on that. Pursue your passions and you will find your purpose. Your purpose is found at the intersection of your passions (what you like to do) and your proficiencies (what you’re good at doing).*Somebody should’ve gave me an Amen right there.* When you’re plugged in and turned on, your light can shine bright for the world to see.
You are a light. You just have to decide what kind of light you’re gonna be in 2012:
When God created the world in Genesis 1, the first thing He did was turned on the lights. He said, “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3). Whatever you’re going through, whatever your situation is, just look at your life and say, “Let there be light!” If you’ve never cracked open a Bible in your life, the first thing it says is: “In the beginning.” Its 2012, baby! Embrace your new beginning, and get your shine on!
Tejado W. Hanchell