This verse has impacted my life tremendously. As a Business leader, I have many ideas and dreams (sometime fantasies). I have great ambition, but I also tend to get restless! I get distracted by my “dreaming” and find myself frustrated, wishing I was somewhere else doing something different. Depending on the day, I might want to sell everything and go run an orphanage in Arica, or I might want to open up 3 new businesses. Sometimes I find myself wanting to move back to the small hometown where I grew up, have a white picket fence and be a full time soccer coach. The problem with this type of restlessness is that it leads to an unsettled, unfulfilled, and unaccomplished life. When my mind is constantly wandering, I can not give my full attention to the task at hand and the results leave me feeling frustrated and defeated.
My pastor has the same ambitious spirit as I do, but he doesn’t seem to struggle with the restlessness, so I asked him for some advice. He is the type of person who wants to do “everything” yet he doesn’t seem to be distracted by his many dreams and goals. When I asked him how he does it, he gave me some very clear counsel: “Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, be ALL there”. He explained that an ambitious leader will always have some other project or something else to do, but ambition should not come at the cost of peace. As the verse above says, it does not make sense to chase fantasies when there is work to be done right in front of you. It is good to have dreams and goals, but don’t allow those to become a distraction and prevent you from giving your best today!