Prodigies!

Happy Friday!

Yesterday was FUN! Loved interacting with a few new friends from Indonesia… and all the new pastors my blog seems to have TOUCHED these past few days. Thanks for saying thanks through facebook and here on the blogsite. I’m learning SO MUCH from all the conversation you guys and gals are creating this week!

Thanks for being so ENTHUSIASTIC over the topics I’m presenting! Thank you especially for retweeting my twitter updates, mentioning my blogs on your twitter networks, and posting the blog link on your facebook walls! You are driving the traffic UP very quickly, giving us all a far better shot at building tomorrows better world!

Still dreaming of a day when a few hundred of our unique DAILY visitors will comment their names, locations, and life dreams! The stats show you’re out there… and I pray for you every morning! I LOVE meeting new people and hearing all about your situations… I LOVE this more than almost anything else! I love to ENCOURAGE and INSPIRE people towards their divine purpose in life! And I can’t do this for YOU unless YOU say hello. How about TODAY? Hello, my name is Chuck… (smiling big… waiting for a smile back)

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Todays topic: the word Prodigy!

Prodigy defined: 1 a: a portentous event b: something extraordinary or inexplicable 2 a: an extraordinary, marvelous, or unusual accomplishment, deed, or event b: a highly talented child or youth.

Portentous defined: 1: of, relating to, or constituting a portent (which is something that foreshadows a coming event-a prophetic indication of significance.) 2: eliciting amazement or wonder!

Whenever I hear this word: Prodigy… I posture up in my seat, even jump to my feet… shivers race across my skin… my eyes water! The lethargic places of my own heart and life BOUNCE TO ATTENTION… knowing the world will be changed by what IS or IS ABOUT to happen! PRODIGY!

From the definition, we see that a prodigy is more than a person… it is a portentous EVENT: something so EXTRAordinary or inexplicable… so marvelous… so talented… that it FORESHADOWS a coming EVENT! A prodigy is SO EPIC it carries a certain PROPHETIC indication of significance!

Yesterday, I read an article posted by my dear friend and publisher, Michael Hyatt–CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers! Well, he’s not really my dear friend… and he’s not my publisher YET… in fact, Mike (lol) and I haven’t been properly introduced… YET. Maybe someday! Yes, definitely someday! (hands crossed in prayer, head tilted up)

Anyway… I read this blog Michael Hyatt posted from Mary DeMuth on the subject of Prodigy… and it INSPIRED me. Here’s a few quotes from that article:

  • A study orchestrated by K. Anders Ericsson who looked at musical prodigies found the common denominator for mastery and success: 10,000 hours of practice. “The emerging picture from such studies,” says neurologist Daniel Levitin, “is that ten thousand hours of practice is required to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world class expert-in anything.”
  • When I (Mary DeMuth) share my publication story, that I spent ten years writing in obscurity, folks inevitably want me to share the “fun part” when I met my agent at a conference and my success seemed to blossom overnight. So many want to know the secret of instant publishing success.
  • Those who write novels ask me how to deepen characterization, or create a character out of a setting, or evoke mood, or widen suspense. I usually can’t answer that. Why? Because most of what I write now is instinctive, born from years of experimentation and failure. It’s something I cannot teach. It’s something an author must do on their own behind a desk, in quiet places where rewards of publication seem far off.
  • While it is true that some publishing sensations happen overnight, it is more true that most authors spend years and years toiling over craft, trying techniques and failing, submitting to smaller entities and suffering from perennial “rejectionitis.” That’s the reality.

After I read this article yesterday, I posted the following clip on twitter: study of musical prodigies discovered: common denominator 4 mastery & success-10,000 hours of practice!

From that twitter update, Wayne Anson replied with: If the same is true of walking moment by moment with Christ… that would be only 625 days. Less than 2 years @ 16 waking hours a day.

And to that I replied: wow wayne… EXCELLENT THOUGHT!!! A Christian Prodigy! Seriously… who wants to be one of those today? Maybe this is why I’m still on FIRE after almost 19 years of walking with Christ. I’ve been a fanatic since day one: because, to him that is forgiven MUCH also loves MUCH! I am that man who was forgiven much AND loves much… and I wish to remain that man EVERY YEAR for the rest of my life!!

John the Baptist, Jesus Christ, the Apostle Peter, the Apostle Paul… all PRODIGIES and no wonder they were. Each man spent not 10,000 hours, but 100,000 hours or more to the greatest cause of all time! They were NOT men… they only started as men who grew into the most PORTENTOUS EVENT in all of world history!

So today… when considering the word PRODIGY, what- if anything are you dedicating your life TO? What changes can be made RIGHT NOW… so that 10,000 hours from this exact moment… your life will come off as an INDICATION OF PROPHETIC SIGNIFICANCE? That we may be known AND remembered NOT as mere people–but as PORTENTOUS EVENTS in world history!

I hope todays blog adds tremendous value to your amazing life! I’m speaking in Harrisonburg tonight at 9pm… see yesterdays blog for more details… HAVE A SUPER FRIDAY!

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10 thoughts on “Prodigies!

  1. Wow Pastor Chuck this sparks a thought in my brain!!

    Lets take the 10,000 hours of prodigy and pour it into our destiny in our own lives to Walk with Christ as He has mandated each one of us in THE BODY of CHRIST to walk. Just as EACH ONE was created to BE as opposed to trying to climb over someone else and strive to be something or someone we are NOT , imagine what the BODY would be like after completing the 10,000 hours!

    Of course that means everyone must be obedient to his/her call on their individual lives and know they are working together for a common goal the end result is the focus which is keeping our eyes on Christ not on self.

    If we all would submit to our own talents and abilities that God has instilled in us and give that back to the BODY , WOW, what would the BODY of CHRIST really look like?

    Great blog as usual. I love that you write to us everyday. You are such and encouragement to so many people. Thank you so much!!

  2. I HAVE DREAMED OF MAKING A DIFFERENCE AROUND THE SICK AND BECOME A PRODIGY THAT EVERYONE COULD RELATE TO AND WANT TO STRIVE FOR ,MODERN DAY TECHNOLOGIES AND HEALTH CARE CAN ONLY MEET THE NEEDS OF THE HUMAN FLESH. I WANT TO MEET THE NEED OF THE INNER STRIVING SELF,THE HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL ATTITUDE.THIS IS A MUCH NEEDED VENUE IN THE LIVES OF ANYONE WITH AN AILMENT OR CHRONIC DISTRESS OF THE BODY. I AM A KIDNEY DIALYSIS PATIENT AND I AM PROUD TO SAY GOD GETS THE GLORY FOR MY ATTITUDE AND HOPEFUL FEELING AND LONGING FAITH.STRIVING TO BE A PRODIGY WOULD BE AWESOME BUT STRIVING JUST TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND BEING THAT SOMEONE SPECIAL WOULD BE TRUELY A BLESSING.THANKS FOR THE GREAT BLOG PASTOR.

  3. That’s true, the Kingdom we serve is prodigious. The Lord & the pursit of the Kingdom is the only thing worthy of our time & energy.

  4. Before my eyes were opened and I became born again, I worked in a factory–a razor blade factory–contributing to the smoothness of ladies’ legs, the annihilation of the five-o’clock shadow and ensuring wall paper hangers across the nation would get a strait clean cut–the first time, every time.

    I thought my life had no real purpose.

    But, when I decided to BELIEVE in a man, Jesus Christ, that He is who the Bible said He is, everything changed. My factory job was a BLESSING! An ASSIGNMENT from Heaven. I saw God position me and move through me. As He changed my position, He changed ME and I grew. Every place God has stationed me, I can look back and see a SIGNIFICANT PURPOSE either directly for His Kingdom, or to prepare me for a future task.

    Today, God has positioned me to SERVE and it is the most fulfilling assignment of my life (so far!) I feel, more than ever, a part of history being made! I know I must be careful because every word spoken leaves some sort of legacy, as does every action seen.

    I learn more and more as my life continues on and I practice a relationship with my Heavenly Father and with my brothers and sisters.

  5. Very well said and thought out Kristin! Isn’t so awesome how once our eyes are opened to the purposefulness (if that is a word that fits) of God’s GRAND BIG PLAN in life and how WE fit intricately into that bigger picture no matter where we turn God helps us find our way back on track and all pieces come together in the end. Like the top of a puzzle box.

    It’s a whole lot easier to put a puzzle together when you look at the top of the box that has the completed picture but we all try to shove pieces that don’t fit just to get done or just because we THINK it will work.

    You know, I have found in my life its more enjoyable to put a puzzle together with my family then to do it alone.

  6. Great Blog pastor Chuck. I think that we can all make difference everyday in our place at work, if we realize that God has put us there for a reason. We may not understand it at the time but we will eventually. God doesn;t put us in place that he doesn;t want us. I heard somebody speak one time that said he couldn’t understand why God didn’t use him and he had asked him to put him somewhere where he could,well put him in a job where he was the only Christian in his department. This man keep praying for a mission opportunity and God finally spoke to him and had said why am I going to send you somewhere else when you cannot even do my work in the mission field that I have put you in now.

    That really opened my eyes and spoke that everyday we are in a mission field for God….we don’t have to go to a foreign country. Our pastor spoke a month ago about how there are 96,000 unchurched people in our county and 156 churches in the county…he had asked what are we doing wrong?

    Chuck you are awesome keep spreading God’s word and I look forward to reading your blogs everyday.

    Jennifer

    • Thanks jennifer! You are so right about there being people in our county needing to be reached. Let’s reach them all! Thanks for appreciating my blogs!!