On a personal note:
I have struggled with my job or "calling" for many years - always thinking that something big is going to happen and I need to figure out what it is and lead the way. Always feeling like I haven't done enough.
It has driven me so hard that it has literally almost killed me.
I have tried so hard to do what He asks me to do, always reaching for bigger and better effect and result. Trying to figure out what the "Big Bang" will be that helps turn things around.
Over the last year I have been Facebooking more and more. Reading and responding to you. Calling some of you up when there is a tragedy or death. Meeting with you just in a park or grabbing a pizza when I come in your town. Without cameras or microphones all the while listening.
In my listening to you I have found the answer.
I have learned a great deal and I want to share as maybe it will help you too.
You have told me about how you changed jobs because of something I said, or moved, reconnected with a loved one, stayed married, went back to church, took the lumps and blame, ran for office, started a book club, 9-12 group or volunteered for the first time all because of something small that happened because of something I said or was said on my show(s). I am always shocked because it wasn't something that I worked real hard on or spent weeks with a team creating. It is usually something that I just said because it felt right to me.
I have heard about the books you read because of the show and how that changed your life or the trip you always wanted to take or the frustration that you didn't take out that was turned into something good.
So, maybe there is no big event in our lives that we can look back and say, "that is why I was born." I know it seems obvious to most, but not for me. Maybe it is just all of the little small things we did and said that made just a little difference in someone's life that we never noticed and if we did we dismissed it because, "well, I always do that" or "if I wasn't there someone else surely would have done it."
No, we were there. Each for each other.
You have given me more hope and kindness you will ever know. You give my work and life meaning and purpose. I bet you don't realize that. But it is true.
Maybe there is a Big Bang that will happen, but most likely it will come when a lot like love does. Once you are just living your life in the moment doing the right thing.
Thank you for helping me see the truth that maybe the little things that happen just because I am there every day mean as much to you as what happens to me, just because you are there everyday too.