This was going to be a book. But I'm a slacker, and books take research and stuff... SO-- It's an essay. lol. :) There is a good chance, however, that I will expand on some of the points later on... In the meantime, hope you enjoy what's here.
Everyone is called to greatness-- EVERYONE. But most of us never attain it; some quit trying, some never start, and some just miss the mark. Regardless of the how, the why is the same: People miss out on becoming great because we have forgotten the meaning of greatness.
Greatness is not being world famous-- or even popular at home. It isn't being "stinking' rich." It doesn't have anything to do with your finances. It's not being "on top" or having it made or living on Easy Street. Being great doesn't require talent or material things... or anything that today's celebrities have over us "Average Joes."
Greatness is an attitude, a mindset. Something that can only start and be maintained from within. It begins in the absence of fame and fortune, and continues in spite of their presence. Greatness is realizing that it's more fulfilling to serve than to be served. It's always having the right thing to say-- or remaining silent if you don't. It's having joy in the absence of happiness. It's remaining upright when everything tries to bring you down. It's continuing forward when the unforeseen occurs.
Mark 10:43-45 sums it up pretty well. This is what Jesus had to say to His disciples about greatness:
"...Whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant;and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
So I challenge you, now that you know you possess the necessary ingredients... Go be great!