Last night was a night of weird dreams, and for some reason I was on the Johnny Carson show playing the role of Carnac the Magnificent. I had the routine down perfect: I held a sealed envelope to my head, and I gave the answer to the question inside.
I said: The answer is, we would be in a world of trouble.
Johnny took the envelope from me, opened it up, and read the question: What would the world be if everyone were to be just like Johnny?
When I woke up this morning, I thought about the dream and asked myself the question: What would the world be if everyone were to be just like me?
As I wondered about my answer, I remembered the words of Albert Schweitzer: The full measure of a man is not to be found in the man himself, but in the colors and textures that come alive in others because of him.
As I reflect on the dream and on the words of Schweitzer, I think the common link is influence: How do I influence the world as a whole and the lives of others as individuals? When people examine my life, what do they see?
- Is it a person of pale green who is full of envy or one who admires the accomplishments of others?
- Do they see the drab darkness of hate or the bright hues of love and light?
- Do I weave the thread of encouragement into conversations so I can motivate others to believe and achieve? Helen Keller said: Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement…no pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
- Am I a good role model and an example in my speech, conduct, love, faith and purity (I Timothy 4:12)?
- Do I see obstacles as opportunities or do I wither under the weight of what might be?
- Do I live the exemplary life of Paul, who said: Join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us (Philippians 3:17).
All of this brings me back to my question: What would the world be if everyone were to be just like me?