There was a very touching story on the news this week that makes you realize there is a point where who are you and the strengths you’ve been given are tied deeply to the purpose of your life.
It was about six-year-old Jesse Lewis. Jesse was a very caring child, considerate and protective of others, and the kind of child who would light up a room just by entering. He was fun, creative, and vivacious – and he had a heart for people.
When tragedy struck Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, Jesse’s strengths met face to face with Jesse’s purpose. It was his strength for caring for others that made him yell, “Run!” to his classmates when the gunman paused to re-load his weapon. In doing so, he saved the lives of nine children that day.
But Jesse’s life was lost.
At least that’s what the reports said. But the fact is, Jesse’s life was not lost…it was truly found that day.
After Jesse’s death, his mother came across something amazing: Jesse’s chalkboard message. The writing is in true six-year-old style and with six-year-old spelling, but the message is loud and clear. These were Jesse’s strengths…and Jesse’s message to the world.
So here’s the question…what are the words on YOUR chalkboard?
And what are you going to do with them?
Will you allow your strengths to be used to make a difference in the lives of others?