I was blowing my hair dry with my handy dandy round brush.  I’ve had that brush for at least 5 years.  I can’t leave home without it.  My hair would not know what to do with another brush in my hands.

I suddenly felt something on my foot and jumped back.  You know that feeling – something touches you out of nowhere and you cringe at what it might be.

I turned off the blow dryer and looked on the floor and saw a strange looking black pick.  What the heck?  Where did that come from?  Did God send a small dagger from heaven to get my attention?  I picked it up and held it in my hands.  It was a strange looking pick and I had no idea what it was.  And then I saw the “now empty” hole in the bottom of my hair brush.  It had fallen out of that hole!

I placed it back in the hole wondering what the heck it was doing there and then it hit me.  Not the pick this time.  The realization that for 5 years I had been holding a brush that held a secret helper for me.  That pick was there to clean the brush and remove the hair.  What the heck?  I had struggled for years cleaning that brush and trying to find some gadget to remove the wrapped around hair tangled in his teeth.  I pulled the pick back out and tried to remove the hair AND IT WAS SO EASY.  It came off right away and my brush was back to new!

I laughed out loud at this discovery and felt foolish at the same time.  I’m positive had I read the instructions when I purchased the brush, it would have mentioned this pick.  But why would anyone read the instructions for a brush?  Maybe the one reading this?  Surely not the one writing it.

I went back to drying my hair and had conversations with myself about this discovery.  I realized that many of us are walking around with something inside of us to make life easier.  Some of us have discovered it and don’t use it.  Others have not discovered it and like me, will one day be surprised to find a pick dropping out of nowhere and revealing magic inside of them.

We are each gifted with something special and all have a purpose on this earth.  How many of you have discovered yours?  Are you using your gift(s)?  Do you feel like something’s missing in your life?  Is life harder than you want it to be?  Would you like to make life easier, more fun and more purposeful?

I have the answer!!  It’s inside of you.  You were not put here on this earth to just exist.  You have a purpose.  Living on purpose is the way to find that peace you seek.  God “picked” out something special to place inside of you when He made you in heaven.  Before you left God’s nursery, “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”  WOW – did you know that?

He also breathed life into us.  That means His breath is inside of you.

That’s the gift – the secret – that we all share.  And, individually God gave you an extra dose of something – a gift – that should be shared with the world.  As the holidays approach – tomorrow is December you know — take time to reflect on the following questions and see if we can pick out that special gift you have:

  • How do people describe you?
  • What you do well?
  • What do you value most in life?  Are you living that value?
  • Looking back on your life, where were you the happiest?
  • If money was no object, what would you stop doing today and start doing tomorrow?
  • What drains you?  What energizes you?

Then sit back and reflect on your answers.  The name of your pick will be clear.

And then…drum roll please…decide to use your pick (your gift) in 2019. Don’t let 2018 end with the pick inside of you just sitting there waiting to be used.  Pull the pick out and make life more fulfilling in 2019.

Dang it — I love it when God speaks.  He’s speaking to someone reading this and He’s already spoken to me writing this.  He said, “I’ve picked all of you to be here — now — in this time in history.  If you all used your gifts, the world would be a better place.  Pick up your pick and follow me!  There’s work to be done, lives to save and a more fulfilling life to be lived!”

And if you need more instructions — pick up The Bible and start reading.  It’s the best instruction manual for life you will ever read.

Only God could use a brush to give us a life lesson.  Only God and He gets all the glory!  Amen Amen and Amen.

Peace, Love, Out,

Billie

 

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About Billie: Billie Tucker has worked in the CEO world for more than 30 years and was the Chief Operating Officer of Vistage Florida, a think tank for CEOs. She started her own consulting practice, CEO Service Bureau, in 2001 and earned a reputation for her keen understanding of the motivations, challenges and goals of people. She became a life-long student and teacher of leadership principles. She is a published author, speaker, facilitator and has been an Executive Coach to many successful CEOs, including Governor Rick Scott of Florida, soon to be Senator Scott.

 

 

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