Voices, Part 1: I Can't - Message by Jeremy Cowart

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      We’ve all had voices in our lives that have influenced us—parents, teachers, friends. Those people are important because sometimes it’s hard for us to see our potential. Sometimes we look at the possibilities in front of us and think, “I can’t. There’s no way.” We need those voices in our lives to help us recognize and achieve our full potential.

      "Greatness should have a purpose ..." —Jeremy Cowart

      Our gifts and talents—our potential—is important. But pursuing greatness isn’t enough. We need our pursuit of greatness to serve a greater purpose. To make that kind of a difference in the world, connect your story to the larger story God is telling in human history. Let him use your gifts and talents to serve others.

      "Generations from now, your family will Google you. What are you teaching them about yourself through your social media?" —Jeremy Cowart


      Scripture: Philippians 4:12–13 — “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

      DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

      1. Talk about someone who influenced you. How did that person help you to see potential in yourself that you didn’t recognize before?

      2. Is it difficult for you to believe you could “change the world” for the better? Why or why not?

      3. If you could go back in time, is there anything you’d do differently to better use your gifts and talents?

      4. What are you doing right now to invest in future generations? What can you do?

      5. Read Philippians 4:12–13. Is it difficult for you to believe that Jesus gives you strength to accomplish what you couldn’t on your own? Why or why not?

      6. Do you have a dream you need to speak about as a first step toward making it a reality? If so, what is it? How can you use your gifts and talents to serve a greater purpose?

      Jeremy Cowart:
      Recently named the “Most Influential Photographer on the Internet” by Huffington Post, Forbes and Yahoo, Jeremy is a husband, a dad, an Emmy-nominated celebrity photographer, an entrepreneur, a teacher and he tries to give back as often as possible. He founded a global photography movement called Help-Portrait, an iPhone app called OKDOTHIS, as well as an online teaching platform called See University. His goal in life is to use his voice, ideas and creativity to inspire and help others. He lives the simple life in Nashville, TN with his wife and four children, 2 of which were recently adopted from Haiti.

      At his core, Jeremy is an artist. Starting out as a painter first, Jeremy fell in love with the creative process. He then went on to study graphic design in college and founded his own graphic design company, Pixelgrazer, in 2001. Jeremy really only began taking pictures to bring texture into his design work. But before he knew it, he realized that photography was his true passion. So in April of 2005, Jeremy switched over to it full time and he has never looked back. In a relatively short amount of time, Jeremy earned the respect of artists, photographers, and celebrities alike. Now hailed as one of the trailblazers in the industry, Jeremy sees photography as a natural extension of his passion for the arts.