I wonder what you dreamed of when you were young? I remember as a young kid one of my dreams was to play sport…. I remember looking up to some of the star players thinking “one day I would like to be you.” I would emulate them, commentate in my head as I played footy or soccer in the backyard, imagining I was that superstar. I looked at their platform, at their opportunity and dreamed that one day, just maybe one day! (Ha, I even had them posted on my bedroom walls, flags draped around my trophies and door frames). Now as an adult I think to myself “where are they now?”. Such opportunity, influence, gift and talent…to which some have excelled and made a credible difference. Some, however, have squandered, wasted, and under-utilized the opportunity that was before them.
The truth is that every one of us have a platform. Our lives are examples, echoes, voices, and lights that can benefit or hinder others in a positive or negative way.
So often we can look at someone else’s platform and want what they have and we can underestimate or not appreciate the platform right before us. Our opportunity may seem small in comparison to someone else’s, but I am convinced that what you do with the platform you have now will either open or shut doors to the greater platforms that are ahead of you.
I have recently become a chaplain at an elite sporting club in Sydney and have seen first hand many of these incredible, hardworking, gifted athletes use their platform, and God given ability to encourage, build, motivate and inspire others to live a life of purpose. It seems as though their confidence and conviction is motivating others to stand up for what they are for and not what they are against.
Our opportunity may seem small… but I am convinced that what you do with the platform you have now will either open or shut doors to the greater platforms that are ahead of you.
It’s not only sports people who have a platform, every single one of us do, we all have opportunity to do good … a voice to speak up for the voiceless .. A chance to maximize the platform, the gifts, unique talents, opportunities that are God given and point people to a better hope and future.
I’ll leave you to reflect on these questions:
What platform do you have?
What message are you presenting?
Do you recognize the platform you have been given?