Under the Influence…

I hope everyone had a restful and refreshing weekend!

I know I did. This weekend, I attended the President’s Influence Retreat, which is a retreat that my school offers every year to graduating seniors. We went to a lake house and spent time under the sun, eating good food and getting to know one another, all the while growing closer to God and learning more about influence. We even had a real life riff-off!

Anyway. At my school, we are all about influence; the influence God has on us, and the influence we have on the world. This weekend, we went more in depth as the President of the college taught us all about what it means to be an influence and how we can do that after we graduate.

It got me thinking about the impact I hope to have on the world. Am I the only one who wishes to leave a lasting impression on this earth? Am I the only one who wants to change the world for the better? I know that I can’t be…

crazy world changer

Now, more than ever, I want to make a difference in the world. For me, that means showing the world Christ in everything I do and following God’s plan for my life. I may just be crazy enough to think that I can change the world, but I think we can all agree that this world needs a change.

The biggest lesson I took away from the retreat is that if your dream fails, get a new one. It seems like such a simple concept, but if you’re like me and your biggest fear is failure, then climbing Mt. Everest is easier.

If you’ve been following for a while, you know that I have failed a LOT this year. It’s felt like mess up after mess up, disappointment after disappointment. I had to face my worst fear and part of me feels like I overcame it. However, I’m not sure that I’ll ever be okay with failing. But though I may never be okay with it, I can get a new dream.

I don’t ever want to be so afraid of failure that I don’t follow my dreams. I will follow them, and if they fail, then God will give me a new dream.

adjusting sails

I love the above quote. To me, it’s a reminder that I can make it through failure. I can stand in the storm and when it’s over, I can recover. I can rebuild, start again, dream bigger. Plans are rarely ever permanent. In this life, we must learn to adjust when things don’t go our way. It’s more than being flexible. It’s learning to navigate new waters when you are blown off your original course.

Make a path

Finally, if you haven’t yet begun to follow your dreams, please do so. Everyone has a calling, whether you believe that calling is from God or not. I believe that everyone has something they were born to do. There are too many people in the world that are doing things that they hate simply because they never had the balls guts to follow their dreams.

Go out there and follow your calling! If you fail, you fail. You can always have another dream. You can always be inspired. You can always try new things. But use your gifts and talents. Be the person you have always wanted to be. Change the world. No one is stopping you but you…

*Prayers go out to all involved in the Boston explosions*

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