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Why a website: From entitlement to empowerment

Why a website: From entitlement to empowerment

Many of us have been told that we’re special so often that we forget what it truly means. It doesn’t mean entitlement, the belief that we deserve more from the world. It means empowerment, the belief that we have more to give to the world.

Why a website: From entitlement to empowerment

Many would say that the defining characteristic of a Millennial is entitlement. When I searched Google for “millennial birth years” to check if I technically qualify or not, the first line of the first search result read “We can all agree that Millennials are the worst. But what is a Millennial?” I was honestly a little taken aback. Growing up, I remember my class was always told that we “not going to make it once we got to the ‘real world,’” the real world being defined as middle school, then high school, then college, then the workplace. I never understood how I managed to be a part of the worst class ever no matter how many times I moved. Now, I know I was not in a classroom of disrespectful kids, I was in a generation of one. It was a rough ride, and I never liked school much until college, but I made it through thanks to my faith, family, and friends. Now that I am living a full life of meaning and purpose, I want to turn back and light the path for others.

There are a great many blogs, websites, collections, books, and essays in the world. Why then, you might ask, would I decide to start writing down my thoughts on anything? There are a great many published works out there, and a great many more still unpublished. One could spend a lifetime reading and never come close to hearing it all. One voice seems so small when put against this backdrop.

If you’re like me, you’ve probably been called “a special snowflake” more than once in your life. We all know what is really being said. You are special and unique in the way everyone else is special and unique. In the words of Syndrome from the Incredibles, “When everyone’s super, no one is.” This seems to be the mantra of my generation.

Amidst the despair, there is one truth that I am finding more and more. Life is a series of investments. If you want to retire, you put money in an account. If you want a good job, you spend time getting an education. The list goes on and on. With so many investing so much into their own gain, I can see another void needing to be filled. Like the voice crying out in the wilderness, I hear, even today, the gentle whisper of my God calling “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” I doubt whether I will ever make it to the top of the body-pile to become the #1 richest man in the world, no matter how hard I try. There are just too many investing in the same goal for me to reach the top. But I don’t have to reach the top of that list to be successful.

I recently stumbled across http://www.globalrichlist.com, a website that ranks individuals based on their salary. We hear the phrase “one percent” tossed around here and there, but I never really thought much about it before. When I entered my salary in there, I found that I was not only in the 1%, but I was nearing the 0.1%! In laymen’s terms, it means for every person like me, there are 700 people who have less, some much less. Take a look and see where you lie. Odds are, if you are reading this on an electronic device, you are in the 1% too.

In all of this, I found a delicate truth. I am special, not in the “special snowflake manner,” but in a real, tangible, and meaningful way. I am already richer than most of the world will ever be. I have a great education, and despite the generation I come from, I have a desire to invest in the kingdom of Heaven instead of the kingdom of men. Many of us have been told that we’re special so often that we forget what it truly means. It doesn’t mean entitlement, the belief that we deserve more from the world. It means empowerment, the belief that we have more to give to the world.

All of this brings me back to the original question: Why would I start a website when there are thousands of voices out there already? As I said, I believe that I am empowered. I am sitting on the top of the investment of a great many men and women, and I now have the opportunity to pay it forward. I have already found purpose in two ministries, two Bible studies, and a handful of charities. But it is not enough. I want to give more.

There is a danger in every part of this world. If you seek fulfillment, you may come up dry. If you seek love, you may find loss. If you wade into a river, you may drown. If you seek a life of meaning and purpose, beware. One day, God may find you comfortable in the life He gave you and ask for more. In part, I am writing this because I can’t do otherwise. I don’t know where it will take me, but I can’t help but live a grander, more generous, and more empowered life. I don’t know where I will end up, but it’s no matter. No great victory comes without significant investment. This website is a stepping stone for me. It is a source of wonder as well as accountability.

What you can expect from me:

I have recently finished reading Love Does by Bob Goff and Miracles by C.S. Lewis, two wildly different books about one grand subject: a life devoted to Jesus Christ. I hope to distill some of that here, as well as other works.

I plan to begin with a dissection of my own worldview. I expect to learn a lot in the process, and I hope that I can teach a little too.

If I can present the wisdom of some of the great men I have read in a way which can inspire and propel even one of my peers, then this little experiment of mine will be a success. Thank you for reading. I pray that grace and truth will light your path in your own quest for meaning and fulfillment.

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