Be The One

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”They” say… Have you ever heard people say that, or have you said that yourself? My question is who in the world are “they” and who made “them” the experts on anything?

Obviously there is a bunch wrong in our world from politics to morality, our food industry, healthcare and help us all, the Church…Jesus. It is far easier to have an opinion about any of that than it is to actually do something to change it.  Be the one…

Have you ever found yourself sitting around with a group of people and invariably someone will bring up how something should be changed, how its being done wrong and what they would do about it? The problem is ‘they” aren’t doing a dang thing about it!!!  Be the one. “To love a man enough to help him, you have to forfeit the warm, self-righteous glow that comes from judging.” Ron Hall 

Just one person can’t resolve say homelessness. BUT if each person does what they can what a difference we could all make! That is really the key; stop complaining about what isn’t being done and start to make a difference. Be the one… “The truth about it is, whether we is rich or poor or something in-between, this earth ain’t no final restin’ place. So in a way, we is all homeless—just workin’ our way home.” Denver

It’s easy to sit on the sidelines and complain; who can’t do that. It’s also not hard to complain about how someone who IS doing something isn’t doing enough. But does that help? Does that make it better? Well…no it doesn’t.  Be the one…”If you really serious ’bout helping’ somebody, crawl down in the ditch with ’em, bandage up their wounds, and stick with ’em until they is strong enough to crawl up on your back ands get out.” Denver

If a small group of people decided to be the answer, got together to brainstorm, plan and execute that plan, I can’t imagine all that they could accomplish. The problem is that requires far more commitment and determination than simply complaining, so no one wants to actually do it. Be the one…

We recently saw the movie, “Same Kind Of Different As Me.” I was blown away for many reasons. The movie was based on a true story, which makes it even more amazing. ONE woman decided to go help at a shelter feeding the homeless. Her marriage was in trouble so she began to bring her husband with her. They were very wealthy people. 

She had a dream and in it saw a black man. One day while feeding people at the shelter she saw him walk in. She began to make conversation with him as he came through the line each day. His name was Denver. He had a very bad temper and an even worse attitude. But she was determined to get through to him. He eventually let her in and they developed a great friendship. He let his walls down and told his story of slavery, prison and hardship, which had made him the person he was. They took him in as family and he began to change. 

The woman dies and her husband and Denver began to tour the country speaking and helping many people with their story. I was blown away how one little woman just did what she could, and it totally changed the future for one man. He then began to change lives. Be the one…

Isn’t that what its’ all about, each of us doing what we can with what we have been given? It’s time to stop thinking “I” can’t change anything, I am only one person, who am I? WHAT!??! YOU are the one who can do what you can do to be the one who makes a difference. Be the one…”There’s something I learned when I was homeless. Our limitation is God’s opportunity. When you get all the way to the end of your rope and there ain’t nothin’ you can do, that’s when God takes over.” Denver

We can’t sit around and wait for someone else to do something; we must start with the person in our mirror. Take what you have, an idea, some spare time, kind words, and find a way to love and care for people around you... Be the one…Michael Jackson sang it so well….

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
No message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change.

 

 

Torey Goodson4 Comments