Some people are born to break the mold and yet others are born to die doing so. The average life expectancy today is said to be 79. Perhaps you’ve heard the term, 80 Summers, indicative of the amount of summers we are projected to experience in our life time. When you think of it in terms of summers, it doesn’t really sound like a lot, does it? Especially if you have already crossed the midway point.
The truth is no one really knows the amount of time each one of us has been sent on assignment. Assignments vary and so does the time for completion. Yet, I don’t think that sitting around counting how many summers we have left is the most productive thing we can do. A better way to live is to focus on breaking the mold.
You don’t have to be a supernaturally gifted person in order to break the mold. Let’s consider star athletes for example. Even star athletes were not star athletes all of their lives. They broke the mold by working hard. Average people like you and I are also called to break the mold. Many times we hide behind thoughts like, “I’m not talented enough”, “I don’t have enough money”, or “If I was only born with a certain gift”. These are all false conceptions of reality and not an excuse for not becoming all we were created to be.
I’d like to share my favorite quote with you. It was written by Tim Notke and captures the essence of what Breaking the Mold is.
Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard. – Tim Notke
You see, very few people are born with specific gifts for specific roles… the rest are all developed.
I’d like to introduce you to someone I know who broke the mold. Remember I said some people are born to die breaking the mold? Above is a picture of my grandmother who was just 2 months shy of 108 years old when she passed away this past Friday. She knew how to break the mold. A woman, who faced many of the same challenges you and I face in life. She was a wife, a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who lived what many would consider to be an average life; but there was nothing average about her.
She knew what her assignment on earth was and she graciously carried it out for 107 years. Because breaking the mold is not about being famous, on TV, or recognized by millions, but about breaking pre-determined expectations.
…She definitely broke those!
Romans 12:2 says it this way:
Do not conform to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…
This I learned from my grandmother…Break the Mold or die trying.