What excites you?

excited boyI love waking up to mornings with an idea in my head that gets me filled up and  swelled up with excitement. For me, it’s usually the thought of doing something new, something I’ve never done before—it could be a new activity, a new idea for a business venture or maybe a purpose for a gadget that’s just been announced.

Excitement is my gauge for when I’m living the life that I’m supposed to be living. Without it, I know it’s time to take stock of what I have accomplished, where I am and where I am going and then decide whether that thing is worth doing anymore or not.

I’ve only had a couple of those milestones in my life so far. The first was when I decided to be a working musician (after successfully getting in this then up-and-coming pop band) and to seriously build a career around it. It kind of worked for a while, but after 15 years and 3 albums later, I had decided to start transitioning to something else.

Second was when I entered full-time ministry as the resident Music Director for the church that I am still a part of today. A friend offered me the position and since it wasn’t really a far stretch and was close to my core competency, I took the job. I’m now on the third milestone of my career/work-life. Serving as one of the pastors of a (mostly) student and young people populated church in the heart of a busy campus district in Manila, Philippines. It was here where I did some growing up as a person, a husband, a father and a leader of people.

I believe excitement is vital to us as living, breathing, thinking, loving, rational and relational beings and that it’s something that cannot be easily measured or quantified. It’s the “secret sauce” that gives us that extra hop in our step, that additional mile we need to accomplish or that idea that points people to a better life. Without excitement in life and for life, what point is it to go on living it anymore?

I’d like to believe I’m a person who gets easily excited. My top Clifton Strengthsfinder theme is Positivity. One who always has a bright and sunny outlook in life. For what it’s worth, I’m not totally sure how this benefits and impacts my life in a big way. What I know though is that whenever I am excited, I know that something good is going to come or is coming from someone or something, somewhere. I’m excited because I see that there’s hope. Hope for me and hope for the people around me. Hope for the world we all live in.

Today, I’m excited for what the future holds. I may not have much by way of possessions or titles or deeds but I know my excitement comes from a pure place. I know that whenever I look at myself, I will feel down and depressed and maybe I’ll shed a little tear because I am not the person I dreamed I would become someday.

In spite of all this, I know my future is not in my hands anymore and I am fine with that. I have put it in the hands of the One who “holds the universe together” and for whom we all “live and move and have our being”. In the book of Psalms Chapter 40 verse 2 the psalmist says,

“He lifted me out of the slimy pit out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.”

I realize that I can fill my life with excitement everyday because I know that even at my worst, someone has taken the time and the effort and to even give his very all, so that I can stand on solid footing, strongly and firmly upon Him, the Solid Rock.

I believe in Jesus. It is because of him that I am excited about life. He is the one who gives me the reason to dream and to live. He so loved me that he died for me just so that I can have life, and have it to the full. He didn’t just do it for me, he also did it for you.

What are you excited about in your life, today?