Friday, September 16, 2011

Amazing things

I remember this commercial from a few years ago and wanted to share it with you. There is a kid that says "I want to claw my way up to middle management." Man, that really stuck with me. Why do you do what you do? Are you happy with where you are? If not, figure out what you can do to change who you are. You may be surprised how easy change is. The hardest thing you have to do is overcome the fear. You have to defeat the momentum of staying where you are. A little push will get you where you need to be. Stop settling and start making your future happen!

View from 30,000 feet

Recently, I led a team of 8 people to Haiti. As I was looking out the window flying from DFW to Fort Lauderdale, I looked out the window and saw a thunderstorm out in the Gulf of Mexico. I thought it looked so incredible, that I decided to take a picture of it. Pretty incredible view. I never would have been able to see it though, if I hadn't gotten on the plane!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Why Go?

I recently returned from a week long mission trip to Haiti. We worked with a couple that had ministered on Haiti longer than I have been alive. To say that this man and wife had seen quite a bit in their years is an understatement. 
One participant on the team asked the couple a question. “Wouldn’t it be better just to send the $1300 we spent on the trip to you instead of traveling and working for a few days?” 
This is a valid question. The average Haitian worker makes about $1 a day. $1300 would provide about 3 years of work for one person. The response from the missionary couple though, is what really piqued my interest.
They said that they would rather have one person come and serve, than use the money to hire workers. They can hire workers any time they need to. They have a few dozen workers that they start their pay at $5 per day (a great wage for Haiti.) They said that there really is no way to measure the value of having someone come and serve and experience the work they are doing in Haiti. If just one person visits and returns home to tell their friends about Haiti and the work this organization is accomplishing, those repercussions could be invaluable. Also, they emphasized the fact that a person cannot come to serve and not be changed. That is part of the reason to go on a trip. You cannot see a child suffer or see someone struggle to make it and not make the choice to be a catalyst to change the course, no matter how small, for the people you can impact.
That is why I want to encourage everyone that reads this to go! You cannot believe the value that will be added to your life and the potential impact you can have around the world by answering the call to serve.