That's why Susan Boyle's performance had such a powerful impact on so many people. She knew something about herself before she walked out on that stage. She knew something that the rest of us didn't know. She knew it deep in her heart. She knew it beyond any shadow of a doubt.

Thirty-six years she had been singing and had never had the opportunity to perform like this. That's a long time for a dream to lie dormant. How tempting it would have been to let it die. But she knew who she was and she knew what she'd been sent to do, and nervous though she may have been as she walked out onto that stage … on that night, in that place, Susan Boyle did the thing she'd been made to do.

In front of a sceptical audience and mocking judges … there could be no mistake that night that there was a God in heaven and that His glory shone in the hearts of an undeserving crowd on that night. All because He'd made Susan Boyle and given her a dream to dream.

A dream to live.

A Mirror Deep into Our Souls

And so Susan Boyle in this great performance, was like a mirror deep into our souls; into the deepest, darkest recesses of who we are. Those places where these days, we're too afraid to go. When we looked at her, we saw ourselves. When the audience laughed and sneered at her, we experienced her pain as we remembered how it felt to be crushed by an unforgiving world. We remembered our hopes and our long-forgotten dreams.

And when we saw the vindication of her courage in the face of an unbelieving and cruel audience, spearheaded by the three "judges" whose job it was to create "entertainment" out of her ridicule and misery, we ached for that sort of courage. The sort that will nurture a dream through the darkest days - years if needs be - to allow it to burst forth just at the right time.

Why did over 100 million people watch this video clip online? Why is it that you just can't watch that performance without getting misty eyes and a stuffy nose?


Because it reminds each one of us, deep down, of the ache that we have to become who we were created to be. It reminds us of the pain of a world that doesn't know who we are and ridicules us for dreaming our dreams. It reminds so many of us that we're living a life that doesn't know where it's going. And it hurts. It hurts so deeply for so many people.

There is not a sane person among the 100 million plus who have seen her landmark performance, who doesn't wish Susan Boyle well. There's not one who's not inspired. There's not a one who doesn't ache to experience just what she experienced - the certain knowledge of knowing who she is and what she can do with that.

And we were the same ones sitting in the audience, who judged her as "loopdy-loop" when she strutted out on that stage ... until she held a mirror up to our souls.

My friend, so many of the 6.5 billion people alive on planet Earth today are like travellers who've lost their passports. Men, women, children on a journey to somewhere without really knowing who they are and where they're headed. No identity, no destination.

And the tragedy amongst all of this is that this life we have to live down here on this Earth - it's a one-time thing. It's not a dress rehearsal and we don't get a second chance. There's one chance to make it count. One chance to live it to the full. One chance to make a difference. One chance to make other people's lives that much more bearable through who we are and what we can contribute.

Just one chance!

For all too soon the spring of our youth turns into autumn. All too soon we find ourselves heading toward the last act of this drama that we call life.

All too soon … this life will be over.

When The End of This Act Comes …