Everyday I ask God to show me what my focus should be on for the day. Who’s going to need my attention? I pray that my eyes and ears are alert to hear from Him and distinguish His voice from all others. I ask that I decrease and that Holy Spirit increases so that I don’t block anything that He has planned for the day. I must admit, sometimes I get ahead of myself and I start to measure who I am against who I know I want to be. I see the big picture all the time! It’s very difficult for me to focus on each step during the process. There’s nothing wrong with big picture thinking as long as you don’t neglect the many, many steps in between.
It’s a difficult journey because when we align ourselves with people who are where we want to be, we don’t always know their full story. We see their successes without knowing the many failures they had to endure before. Their life can seem so far out of reach because we don’t know where they started. BASH Films seeks to unravel the mystery behind our heros, both well known and those under the radar. There are people in our lives and across the globe that have AMAZING testimonies and it’s time that we hear them and not just in a preachy manner. It’s time to show reality in its truest form. Let’s get creative, lets explore the unknown, let’s use the media to uplift, inspire, and entertain! There’s a place for people in the pulpit. There’s a place for missions trips. There’s a place for community outreach, but what greater outreach is there than through entertainment?! Television and film has such a broad reach that it’s time to use it for good.
That’s my journey. That’s my call but know that no matter what your journey is and who you’ve chosen to follow, they have a story. Their story may be a little better or worse than yours but know that they all started with a vision and the audacity to believe in it…. but even greater, the audacity to move towards it. There’s no question that the Bible is my lifeline, but I’m inspired by many things and poetry just happens to be one of them. As always, I want to share my inspirational moment with you. It’s a poem that is posted in my office as a reminder that I have what it takes and that God is no respector of person. I will win because He is undefeated.
This poem was written by George Washington Carver who was born into slavery and a week later kidnapped along with his sister and mother. He was the only one found and returned to his home and raised by plantation owners Moses and Susan Carver. Despite being denied proper schooling, his devotion to arts and science landed him entry into Iowa State as the first black student. His career led him to head Tuskegee Institute’s agricultural department and his advice was sought after by President Roosevelt and Mahatma Ghandi. I didn’t take time to share this as an African American history lesson. I shared this to show that no matter how your life begins and what misfortunes you face in life, when you are called and you actually pursue your calling, nothing can stop you. The mark you leave on the world will be everlasting.
Carver’s epitaph reads: “He could have added fortune to fame, but caring for neither, he found happiness and honor in being helpful to the world.”
Figure It Out For Yourself
George Washington Carver
Figure it out for yourself, my lad,
You’ve all that the greatest of men have had;
Two arms, two hands, two legs, two eyes,
And a brain to use if you would be wise,
With this equipment they all began–
So start from the top and say, I CAN.
Look them over, the wise and the great,
They take their food from a common plate,
And similar knives and forks they use,
With similar laces they tie their shoes;
The world considers them brave and smart,
But you’ve all they had when they made their start.
You can triumph and come to skill,
You can be great if you only will;
You’re well equipped for what fight you choose,
You have arms and legs and a brain to use;
And the man who has risen great deeds to do
Began his life with no more than you.
You are the handicap you must face,
You are the one who must choose your place.
You must say where you want to go,
How much you will study the truth to know;
God has equipped you for life, but He
Lets you decide what you want to be.
Courage must come from the soul within
The man must furnish the will to win.
So figure it out for yourself my lad,
You were born with all that the great have had;
With your equipment they all began,
Get hold of yourself and say, ‘I CAN.’