The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
David, an ancient middle eastern King
I have two foreign born daughters who are 30ish. Neither of them will ever be President of the United States nor will they be defensive linemen for the Pittsburgh Steelers no matter how badly they want either of those options. Time, physics, geography and God didn’t cooperate.
Life has boundary lines. Like almost everything that fate lays at our doorstep, you and I have some control over where those boundary lines fall. No doubt some have more control, others less. Time, physics, geography and God are major players. However, some, a very few really, intentionally choose to mold the seemingly random acts of fate to get what they want. Others, most people, simply react to what happens to them. Over and over and over again.
Most can pretty accurate describe what holds them back. Most, however, cannot also articulate where the fences would be if life was good. Most don’t do anything much to explore new territory or expand the boundary lines much farther than arms extend.
You see what’s really cool about the boundary lines is that they are not a zero sum game. My boundary lines are not limited by yours. Other boundary lines rarely if ever interfere with each other. In fact, what really happens is that expanding boundary lines encourage and reveal new territory for others. If the leader of an organization grows, learns something new, has a terrific idea, the organization usually also grows. Organizations are limited only by leaders. Want growth? Grow the leader.
The same is true for each of us. Want growth? Want more territory? Take a lesson from a stone dropped in calm water. Watch the expanding circle as the wave of energy moves outward until it disappears.
Be intentional. Choose something on the edges of your boundary lines that compliments your own inventory of passion, talent, experience and skills and then thoughtfully and purposefully make it happen.
Just like you and me, both of my girls can take their passions, talents, abilities and experiences and make differences in their own lives and improve the lives of others in their expanding circles of influence. If they can articulate what they want to accomplish they can make the territory within their boundaries a delightful inheritance. And they are. They make me better.
And thank you Jesus that they neither want to be President nor linemen for the Steelers.