I watched Saturday night as Floyd Mayweather, an admittedly gifted fighter, did just enough to win his fight. At fight’s end, after being declared the winner, he was greeted with a chorus of boos. Most in the crowd knew he had phoned it in and hadn’t given his best. He’ll receive close to $200 million for his mediocre effort and nearly everyone will hail him as the greatest of all time. I disagree. As a fight fan, I expect both combatants to be physically and mentally drained at the end, having left everything in the ring. The same principle applies to our chosen paths in life.
Just like we expect gifted athletes to leave it all on the field, we should demand no less of ourselves. Our chosen endeavors should be labors of love and jobs that we are willing to dedicate our lives to. Our chosen endeavors may not be in sync with our present vocations, and many of us, including me, struggle daily to reconcile the fleeting security of a “real job” as juxtaposed against what we feel in our hearts we should be doing. I know that my calling to end abortion is something that can’t be phoned in. I know I can’t do just enough to get by and hope to achieve my goal of every new life being allowed to run its universally unique course.
I search daily for a sign that I should take a leap of faith and dedicate my life full-time to the task I know in my heart I am here to do. I wonder if the signs are all around me and I just don’t see them. The winner of Saturday night’s fight, whether he admits it or not, knows that he is not fully expressing the unique gifts he has been given. Deep inside he knows the fruits of his labors could be used to benefit his fellow man and that he could turn his life around and use his fame and resources to become a role model for millions of children.
Be it on a small scale, or massive worldwide change, we all have within us the ability to make the world a better place. There’s no room for excuses or half-hearted efforts when it comes to serving our fellow man. I’m reminded on a daily basis that thousands of unborn children will be killed today and thousands more will die tomorrow if I don’t succeed in my efforts to save them. I watch as Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards celebrates her abortion as “liberating”, and wonder how we got to this point.
In my business and personal life I’ve learned that you will never get the results you want unless you are willing to do the work that needs to be done. I’ve also learned that the gift of life is fleeting and worth anything we may risk to protect those who can’t protect themselves. I want the children of the world to know that I’ve got their back and that I will never do just enough to get by in my efforts to end abortion.