Lightning speed. That’s how fast I feel like every hour in the past 30 days has gone by! I think much of that feeling can be attributed to my work for TEDMED in conjunction with several tight deadlines for major deliverables for my primary job. A few weeks ago I blogged about my selection as a 2016 TEDMED Research Scholar and the opportunity it has afforded me to learn a plethora of new information about innovations and entrepreneurs in health and medicine. There are definitely talented and imaginative people walking among us every day who envision the future of healthcare in creative ways. But, in addition to my scholarly discoveries, I also learned much about myself through this awesome, yet rigorous blessing that I’ve elected to share in hopes that someone will draw some insight or inspiration from my three lessons:
You can do more than what you think you can do – I can’t even begin to count the hours I spent completing my tasks for my role as a scholar. Every night I saw the clock strike 1 a.m., I decided that was the point when I would stop tracking. I had to push myself to stay the course no matter the obstacle. I countered every negative thought with a encouraging scripture or “self” pep talk (Self, please stay away for a few more sentences, lol). To have to juggle what seemed like the MOST tasks all at once was a true test of my faith and trust in God to help me make it all happen. Do you ever feel like you get a ton of random requests when your plate is legitimately full? Yeah, that was me. But, all of this was really an exercise in positivity for my mind. I had to first believe that I could finish before it would be done, and that made all the difference on every late night and early morning.
You have more time than you think to do more of what you need to be doing – I’m guilty of adamantly declaring that there aren’t enough hours in the day to get it all done. There are two problems with that though: 1) why am I trying to do it ALL? and 2) what opportunities have I overlooked to prioritize those things that actually matter? I have no idea where I found the time to absorb, synthesize, and report all of the information I uncovered as part of the TEDMED review. I just know that the entire process has further revealed to me that when your gift makes room for you that means there will be enough time, resources, energy, and even the space (I now know exactly how to get to the library at my job without getting lost, lol) to finish the assignment and finish it well. More importantly, my ability to find the time to complete this task also confirmed my ability to be able to give God more when it comes to my devotions, meditation, and just quiet time growing in faith. Message!
You think you’re ordinary, but God thinks you’re extraordinary – I’m sure you’ve heard people often say that in life you have to take chances or you have to jump to see if you’re going to fly…insert similar statements here. And, well…you do! What I’m discovering about myself and those around me is that we neglect to take leaps because we don’t give ourselves enough credit. We dismiss our gifts, experiences, and talents as if we can’t be chosen to do the unimaginable or that we’re not important enough for our dreams to come true. A couple fun facts to dispel those unreasonable thoughts: 1) you don’t have to be qualified to obtain favor and 2) “importance” is subjective which means that it is a non-factor when something is meant for you. The plans God has for us are exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think. That’s proven every time we find our name on the roster to do things and go places we never thought possible. So, even when you don’t think you deserve the opportunity, go for it anyway and watch God show you that He thinks you’re worth it.
This is a blessing in my life that I surely won’t forget. I appreciate everyone who has invested in me to get me to this moment in my career. I know that God will continue to show His love, kindness, and grace through blessings for all of us. And even in the triumphs, there will always be something to learn.