“But we’re never going to change the world by standing still” – Matthew West.
I recently just finished reading the book “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” and shared my thoughts on today’s Compete Every Day blog here.
The book is about creating a better life story; living a life of meaning – right here, right now, no matter your age, income level, or occupation…it’s never too late.
“We live in a world where bad stories are told, stories that teach us life doesn’t mean anything and that humanity has no great purpose. It’s a good calling, then, to speak a better story. How brightly a better story shines. How easily the world looks to it in wonder. How grateful we are to hear these stories, and how happy it makes us to repeat them” – Donald Miller.
Ever since Rick and I started volunteering with MobileLoaves & Fishes a few years ago, I’ve really felt this internal calling to serve and continue to do more, to not only create a better life story for myself but for others.
A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to meet Alan Graham, the founder and President of Mobile Loaves & Fishes as he led us on a tour of the Community First Village in Austin, Texas. For the past 16 years, Mobile Loves & Fishes has been delivering meals to homeless men and women in Austin. Their mission is, “to provide uncompromising love and hospitality to our brothers and sisters in need.”
The Community First Village is an extension of Mobile Loaves & Fishes’ dream: a 27 acre master-planned community that will provide affordable, sustainable housing and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas.
|One of the homes for rent at the Community First Village.
As we walked through the village, we heard stories of the men and women whose lives have been impacted by Mobile Loaves & Fishes – stories that brought tears to my eyes and made my heart swell for the desire to do and serve more for these people; people who are just like you and me, people that we are so quick to judge yet will not take the time to understand. It seems as though it’s easier to yell, “Get a job!” than it is to volunteer to help them do so, provide food, clothing, shelter, etc.
Most people don’t know that the majority of the homeless come from broken families; they have no one to help them in their deepest time of need and despair. They have talents and skills that you and I do, yet have no opportunities to share them. They are literally unemployable because of their backgrounds and current circumstances. “Like us they are God’s beautiful, but broken children. In a way this is their exodus out of the streets…and into a promised-land; as best as we can do that here on a broken Earth” –Alan Graham.
I love the #Socktober campaign Kid President is running for the month of October to help the homeless. And although the month is nearly over, it’s never to late to get started. You don’t necessarily have to participate in #Socktober, but you could most definitely help the homeless in your city everyday. From a simple smile, to keeping water bottles or pre-packed snacks in your car and offering it to them at stop lights, to volunteering with an organization like Mobile Loaves – “helping the people around you is easier than you think – you just gotta show up! People who make the world better for other people; are some of the BEST people” – Kid President.
So here’s your call to action: If you’ve been waiting for a sign to do more, be more – well, here it is! In the words of Matthew West’s song Do Something:
If not us then whoIf not me and youRight now, it’s time for us to do something.If not now, then when….
I wanna be the one who stands up and says,I’m gonna do something.
If you haven’t read A Million Miles in a Thousand Years; get on it. And whatever stirs inside you to create a better life story; write it down, tell a friend, post it on here if you want, and make it happen. If you want to know more about getting involved with the Community First Village, contact me and we can work together. I’m making it a goal to volunteer 150 days this coming year with various organizations and I’d love to have some of you join me.
What are some of your favorite organizations to volunteer with? How can you create a better life story?