Just One

Thursday and Friday this week, I attended the Global Leadership Summit with a group of GGCC participants and partners. It’s an annual conference streamed from Chicago with speakers from a variety of backgrounds on the subject of leadership. I had a number of takeaways – today I want to share one.

Liz Bohannon, cofounder of Sseko Designs, has a book coming out titled “Beginners Pluck – Build Your Life of Purpose and Impact Now.” As a young adult she wanted to make a big difference in the world. She wanted to change the lives of millions of women around the world who were trafficked, exploited or not valued. She searched for ways and ideas of how she could do that. And felt like a failure for being able to find a job that would enable her to do that.

One day she had an epiphany. She realized that she didn’t actually know any women who were or had been trafficked or exploited. She had never met a woman in this situation. She just knew she wanted to help “them.” So, she set off on a journey across the world, with a one-way ticket to Uganda, to make a friend.

She has gone on to make a difference in the lives of many women around the world. But it started with meeting some young women who were students. She figured out a way to help them go to university. For her to reach her big dreams, she realized she needed to dream small.

Isn’t that how it often goes for us? We dream big – we wish we could impact many lives. Say, all children in poverty; children susceptible to gangs; children at the border who had to flee their homes in fear of their lives; children living on trash dumps or children living in war zones. But it’s overwhelming and frightening. We can’t do much and so perhaps we give some money and hope that helps.

What if we dreamed small? And met one child in poverty or susceptible to gangs? What if we tutored or mentored one child? That would start a chain or ripple effect. We might never know the huge impact we’d have. But we would be doing the one thing that makes a difference in this world – we’d connect.

The overlying theme of all the speakers we heard at the summit was connect. As leaders (we’re all leaders) we need to connect with the people around us. Making connections is about relationship and relationship is what we were created for by a loving God.

Bohannon described community as the sacred dance of giving and receiving. When we go out to make an impact and connect even with just one person, we shall be changed.

If you want to learn about ways to tutor or mentor kids, join us tomorrow at 10:00 am as we gather to worship and praise our God and hear God’s word. It won’t be the same without you.

Grace be with you,


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