Why Not You?

Someone will obliterate the status quo.

Someone will rise above what’s common and take hold of what could be.

They’ll discover the outer reaches of their capabilities,

Breaking the glass ceiling,

As the rest of us watch in wonder.

Why Not You?

Someone out there won’t be confined by boundaries drawn for them by someone else.

They won’t be stopped by the word no.

They won’t be limited by adversity or fear.

They’ll rise against the odds, in spite of very real obstacles,

And will inspire those of us following steps behind.

Why Not You?

Someone will live happily ever after.

They’ll build an incredible life with the one they love most.

They’ll learn to love and be loved in return,

To truly know someone and be known.

And together, they’ll learn the benefits of vulnerability and

a love so big it hurts sometimes.

Easy? No. But a beautiful gift, even when it’s hard.

Why Not You?

Someone will prosper greatly.

They’ll find purpose and fulfillment in their work.

They’ll rise to the top of their field, gaining more than they ever dreamed.

And they’ll have no impulse to apologize or hide it,

Because their wealth and influence will be eclipsed by their generosity.

They’ll be able to meet the needs they see,

And to give to others “just because”.

They’ll lavish their greatest resources –

Their time, their talent, their words and wisdom.

They’ll shape the world around them through service,

Their fingerprints on generations to come.

Why Not You?

Someone out there will live a long and healthy life,

Filled with peace.

And love.

And beauty.

And contentment.

And joy.

And adventure.

And purpose.

And influence.

And happiness.

In abundance.

In spite of what you’ve believed in the past, it can be you…because youth, beauty and a silver spoon are not prerequisites to experiencing the best your life has to offer.

An effective, progressive life well-lived is reserved for those who try.

And keep trying,

And reaching,

And dreaming,

Discovering new possibilities,

Bringing their best to “this moment”,

Never settling on the sidelines for a lesser life on an easier path.

Someone will change their life today…because they’ll change their mind today.

They’ll begin to dream again.

They’ll crowd out the voices saying, “You can’t. That’s not for you. You’re not enough. Your chance has passed.”

Instead, they’ll lean into the voice whispering, “Come”.

And they’ll move – patiently, without striving.

They’ll do the work required,

And find the help they need,

To walk in the fullness of what could be – and who they could be.

Someone will live the life they were created to live.

Why not you?

This Post Has 20 Comments

  1. E'Lane

    You are so incredibly talented. This post just touched my heart in such a deep way. Thank you for speaking such encouragement! Why not me?! :)

    1. Chance

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read it. :)

  2. Brown Bannister

    Wow, I Love this post. As good as it is, I just got off a call where he spoke to our team and at the end he read this ‘over’ us. That was truly special. Thank you Chance, you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

    1. Chance

      Thank you, Brown. For everything.

  3. Doris

    Great Post! Very motivating!!!

    Doris Hullett

  4. Sarah

    I love this! So beautifully written, and so true. Honestly, I answer the question “Why not you?” way too often with the knee-jerk comeback “Just because.” Like a little kid. It’s so easy to believe you aren’t the one for a certain endeavor, and so hard to believe you COULD be the one. But the people who succeed, the ones we admire, they answer the question differently. Every time.

  5. Jane

    A few years ago… I had a new surgery from the very surgeon who had helped invent the procedure. Less than 200 people in the entire world had been able to get this surgery. I emailed the Doctor on a whim. He called me from his cell phone on a break from his Lecture at John Hopkins. He offered me the surgery. I said, Why Me? He said, “Why Not You?” Come he said… he was a doctor from Egypt and for me and him to get to the same place at the same time, surely miracles had been created. WHY NOT ME!

    1. Chance

      Woohoo! So happy for you. That’s amazing! :)

  6. Rachel Shetterly

    Buying the home farm/boarding stable at the ripe age of 42 and 5 days before my mother died…those 2 events have altered my future thinking to a more positive can-do attitude. I have dreams and passions inside of me that I pray will be fulfilled. I don’t want to die with the music still in me!

  7. T.

    Why not me indeed!! As I approached 50 I was struggling with ‘my time has passed’—a thought and struggle that still exists some days–and again I say ‘why not me indeed!’ Thank you for the inspiration, for your words, for the reflection and reminder that we can change….when we change our mind!! Bless you dear man, brother, friend!! T.

  8. Donna

    This brought tears to my eyes. Wow. I see how fear has kept me from so much. And just recently am I beginning to step out, let go of fears, and trust God with all the rest. Beginning to take risks in being vulnerable, reaching out etc. this just really spoke to me and is the encouragement I needed to keep going along this path. Wow, thank you.

  9. George

    I have no comment other than to say how great of a post this was!

    Thank you, Chance, for writing this.

  10. Julie Diane

    ~ it’s true. We do know it and feel it inside when we’re capable of expressing more and being more. I guess we always just look for permission to be as large and abundant as we are! Why not me? That’s it… Why NOT me!!! Thank you again Chance :-)

  11. Diana

    You knocked this one out of the park!! This is a feast for thoughts.

  12. Laura

    On target, as always…have already shared! :)

  13. TammyJ

    I love this Chance! It’s absolutely true!

  14. Shelley Hess





    I am so very thankful,


    as I consider, and marvel at how very much you have described MY life!

    I haven’t arrived.

    Progress continues.

    Yet you have captured in words ALL that God has so richly blessed me with!

    And all that He desires each of us to continue to seek,

    All that He makes possible for us to overcome,

    To go beyond,




  15. chris carder

    Yeah, why not? Great word Chance.

  16. skipprichard1

    Powerful question!

  17. Anna-Emily

    I’m definitely sharing this awesome post with everyone. I know far too many people who let their doubts stop them from trying to get what they want. They all need to read this!

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