Friday, February 22, 2008
we are the beatles
We are the Beatles.
That does not make any sense, but then neither do the Beatles if you really think about them.
Why did they get to be the Beatles and I get to be me?
Why did they sell over 1 billion albums and I file time sheets on Friday afternoons?
Why did they shape the entire world with what they did and most days I can't shape a paragraph?
Why did they get to be the Beatles and you get to be you?
Have you ever wondered what you were going to do in life? What you were going to be? What you would do when you "grew up?" I think about that, too often probably, but I think about it. And tonight while thinking about the Beatles I thought to myself, "why can't I do something as big as the Beatles?"
Really, what's stopping me? What would it take for me to do something big and meaningful? To create my version of "Let it Be?"
It all sounds so ridiculous, until you start to think about what the Beatles were. I don't think they were magic or lightning in a bottle. I think they were just four guys that for a period of time were doing exactly what they were put on this planet to do. Have you ever met anyone like this? They glow.
It's like some how, some way, they've figured out how to escape from the ordinary that consumes most of us. They're musicians and artists and accountants and project managers.
I don't think it's a job thing. This is not a post about turning in your khakis or starting a revolution against the confines of working in a cubicle. It's bigger than that, purpose is always bigger than that.
Because purpose is something that captured the Beatles. It wasn't luck or talent. There were better musicians than the Beatles. People that possessed more talent and skill. But the Beatles were doing exactly what they were supposed to do and that, that was unstoppable.
And I think, that purpose is one of God's greatest gifts to us. I think that's what the Bible means when it talks about fulfilling the desires of our heart. It's not stuff. It's not houses or cars or really nice pants. It's purpose and direction and mission. That's what we get when we stand close to the father. We get to see our dreams fulfilled. We get to be the Beatles of whatever it is we were meant to do.
I don't know what you're supposed to do. I'm not exactly sure what I'm supposed to do. But I know this, when I do it, when you do it, not matter what it is, or where it is, or when it is, it's going to be bigger than the Beatles.