3-D Living // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

A while back, I had the opportunity to go to a “3-D” movie. Before we went into the theater, they gave us all a pair of funny glasses. “This is stupid”, I thought. “Who came up with this goofy idea, anyway?” Then the movie started and whammo — I was hooked! What an experience! The characters seemed to come to life and jump off the screen. I had never experienced anything like this! Then, I wondered what the movie looked like without the glasses. I discreetly pulled the glasses down to the tip of my nose and peeked over the top of the lenses. Instantly, everything changed (and not for the good!) The whole screen was fuzzy and out of focus. It was hard to make heads or tails out of what was happening in the film. Without the “3-D” glasses, a “3-D” movie isn’t worth too much.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about “3-D” living — How can we add “life” to our moments? How can we bring important matters into clear focus? How can we achieve our potential? Let me suggest three crucial ingredients for “3-D” Living.

1) Dreams: If you wish to accomplish something in life, you have to start with a dream. Every great achievement begins this way. A dream seed is planted — takes root, and then grows into something extraordinary! If you never dream it, you’ll never do it. You have to see it in your mind before you see it come to pass. Dream Big! Too many people settle for small dreams — small plans — small lives. Dream big and you can say, with the poet, Emily Dickinson, “I dwell in possibility!” “Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations,” said Louisa May Alcott, “I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”

2) Drive: Dreams without action are merely daydreams — pipe dreams — wishful thinking. When God plants a dream in your heart, he also includes the motivation to fulfill it. This is called Drive. Drive is the force that moves an idea to action. It is the energy that produces results. It’s amazing what motivated people can do. It’s also amazing how little unmotivated people will accomplish. One general remarked, “I would rather have ten soldiers with motivation than a thousand without it.” Perhaps this is what the Scripture means when it says, “Two can put ten thousand to flight.” Drive gets the job started, which is usually the hardest part. Instead of thinking “someday, I’ll do this” or “one of these days, it would be nice to. . .”, a motivated person will say, “Let’s get started now!” Why wait until tomorrow when you can take the first step today?

3) Discipline: Motivation will get the task started, but it won’t finish the job. Only self-discipline will carry you across the finish line. Discipline equips you to keep going when the motivation sags and inspiration shrivels. It is the grit to endure and the determination to burrow through the discouragements. Discipline is the difference between mediocrity and excellence. It is the quality that turns “good enough” into “great.” Roy L. Smith said, “Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.” Discipline is doing what you don’t want to do in order to become the person you’ve always wanted to be.

4) A Fourth Dimension: I would be remiss if, in this discussion of “3-D” living, I did not mention that there is a fourth dimension that supersedes the other three. In fact, without it, the other three will never blossom fully. I am speaking of the Spiritual Dimension. God is the one who inspires the greatest dreams of the human heart; God provides the motivation — an energy beyond our own abilities; and God sharpens us with self-discipline to finish the course.

The fourth dimension demands our first attention.

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