Most people dream of fame and fortune, at least when they are young. When we are chil¬dren, the sky is the limit to our dreams. We dream of becoming a famous athlete, a movie star, governor of our state, or maybe even President of the United States. There is nothing wrong with such dreams. All of today’s superstars were once small children with big dreams, and some of to¬day’s children who are having such dreams will eventually have their dreams come true.
As we grow up and grow older, most of us begin to narrow down our range of dreams to things we feel are realistic for us, but we dare not underestimate our abilities or sell ourselves short. And whatever we ultimately become, we can aspire to be good at what we do. Most people do not want to end up just being an ordinary or common person but, in a sense, that is what most of us are, and we can be proud of what and who we are no matter what our station in life. I have always liked Lincoln’s quote about God loving the common man, because I believe that it is absolutely true. In the truest sense, none of us are ordinary or common. Each and every one of us is a unique child of God with our own unique set of talents and characteristics. That makes each of us special.
Leaders are important, but so are good followers. Entertainers are important, but they wouldn’t be if they had no audience or fans. The collective contribution to society and future gen¬erations by all ordinary people is enormous, and as long as we do our part to help others and to make this a better world in whatever ways we can, I’m sure God is pleased with us. But, perhaps the most important roles we play are in the relationships we have with others. We are all special to someone, and most of us are very special to many people. In our own little corners of the world, we are very important. We have a special impact on our families, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and anyone else with whom we have regular contact.
Most of us are...