Opportunity of a Lifetime

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

I saw this guy walking by me the other day. His eyes were glazed over, he moved about like a trained robot, hardly looking up to greet the world with his face. The glazed over look made it seem like he was almost absent minded, like he was there but he wasn’t really there. I know what you are thinking, drugs or alcohol play a major role in this guys life, no, there is more it then that.

This guy looked like no one cared, like no one was encouraging him. Wondering if anyone else noticed him, noticed the emptiness that he was feeling. Constantly searching for something to be happy about, to follow ones direction, to be encouraged. Everywhere he turned he found nothing, emptiness was upon him.
I know this man, this man was me.

I wrote this six months ago. At a time when I felt alone and empty. Needless to say I share it with you today because I feel like we have all seen this man or women. Maybe they go to our church, live in our neighborhood, stand behind the starbucks counter, or live in your house. At some point or another our lives cross paths with this individual. We get the chance to breathe life and passion into their soul. I think today we all get this chance…we will be life givers or life takers?

What is one thing you can do today to give life?

*kyle

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Kyle Reed

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • http://intensedebate.com/people/faithbookjesus faithbookjesus

    If I were to share what I felt six months ago it would have to be censored. God where are you? Do you care? Why am I suffering? Thanks for sharing this. I needed to hear that (read it). :)

  • http://twitter.com/lightenupgear @lightenupgear

    Good post. I feel like I am going through a season of that myself so I can totally relate to what you wrote. I find myself in a perpetual cycle of non-discipline and am trying to figure out how to get out of my slump. I think my accountability group needs to step it up or I need to be in deeper community with others (eg: a small group). Accountability and community in my opinion would help steer me to spiritual disciplines and overall discipline in my life.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/klreed189 Kyle Reed

    Totally agree.
    I have been there and will be there again.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/dubdynomite dubdynomite

    I've totally been that guy before. More often than I care to admit.

    For me, it mostly rises from frustration of not having the kind of life that I want. I find that too often I'm focusing on what I can make my life, what I can achieve, and I'm continually disappointed. I'm trying to become the kind of person that seeks harder to make the life of everyone else better, instead on constantly seeking my own.

    Jesus did say that if you seek your own life, you'll lose it, but if you lose your life for his sake, you'll find it. I'm beginning to believe that this is the key to having the abundant life that Jesus spoke of. You really only get what you give, and if I can give life, then I think my life will be will be abundant as a result.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/klreed189 Kyle Reed

      Great thoughts, thanks for sharing this.

      You know I am the same way. I usually get pretty frustrated, disappointed, or down right depressed because I imagine life differently. I can get so ahead of myself in everything I do. I do this with the simplest of things. Maybe I made a comment to someone that they found interesting, before I know it my mind has ran so far down the road of the future that I have the next 15 years planned out. It never works out how I imagine it and I get pretty frustrated by it all.

      What I am realize (much like what you are saying) is that I find that I am not that guy when I am sharing with others. When I am working with others and letting God use me, not me use God.

      I think this will be a constant battle for me, but it reminds me of God's plan and timing.