For more than a decade I have wanted to climb corporate ladders. I have wanted to prove that a guy in a wheelchair could overtake any obstacle and make things happen.
Here’s the thing. Eventually one needs to realize they maybe can’t create new roads. I can’t build a road to Europe. Yes, I am aware this plan is actually in the works. See the article Here. But seriously, it’s not my calling to create a new road to link the world.
My job, my calling is to love. My calling is to show Jesus to as many people as will listen. Do I always get it right? Nope. But I never stop trying. I am human and I fail.
I have also come to realize that life does not revolve around climbing a corporate ladder. Ladders and steps in the corporate world have been climbed by many great disabled people. We have even had a U.S. President in a wheelchair from polio. Don’t tell me it can’t be done. But it is not my calling.
My calling is on a smaller scale. I was called back to my old high school town. Got a job with the largest corporation in the world. I am a cashier there, with a college degree. I work with kids who haven’t even graduated high school. I have tried to move up, but to no avail. It is not my calling.
So, I joined the team at the local 3 screen movie theater in our small village of a town. I like it! And I can make a big difference there. Slinging popcorn, sodas and addictive sugary snacks!! It’s not ever gonna make me millions, but it is blessing people. And it is a 180 degree turn from where I used to be headed.
Are you paying attention to the signs tonight? Are you trying to get to Europe without using a boat or a road? It won’t work! You can make a huge difference in your own little neighborhood, or town. Who knows? Maybe one day you will impact your whole city, country or the world!! But if you don’t, it doesn’t mean you aren’t making positive actions come true right where you are.
Keep climbing that corporate ladder, but don’t be afraid of the new uncharted paths you never dreamed you’d be on. They could lead you to your dream life. I am on my way to mine. And it all started with an about face.