So You Want To Change The World? Then DO Something

This post is not about making money, or coaching, or any of the normal things I usually blog about. I want to speak to those who say, “I want to change the world”

I was asked to volunteer at an event recently. I became a World Vision volunteer. I had no idea what World Vision was at that time. If you don’t either you can visit World Vision and you’ll soon find out. It’s an amazing organization that helps provide children with clean water, food, resources to improve their community and so much more. They do this via sponsorships from people all over the world.

I a person who believes in prayer. So I prayed hoping and trusting many children would be sponsored that night. Many were. I wasn’t even at the table 10 minutes when a woman walked up to me and offered $500 as a first time gift. HUGE blessing.

Even though that was such a great moment I also saw many people passing by with hands filled with nachos, drinks and everything else. Many with great wealth. I was standing at a table filled with pictures of beautiful children who needed help. Watching those who could help walked on by. Now let me just say I have no idea what humanitarian efforts they are involved in currently if any. For all I know they’ve sponsored orphanages and that is fine. What I really want to share is that experience had a very surreal affect on me.

Suddenly I thought, “How many times have I walked by? Wanting to make a difference but in the moment never taking action.” It had such a profound affect on me that I made the decision right there and then to sponsor a 6 year old boy named David (pictured in this post). When I made that decision my heart was so full. Immediately I realized this was a life changing moment. You may be thinking “Thats easy for you I can’t afford it” Yes you can. We all can. Everyone has $5 or $10 they can spare. If 100 people gave $5 a piece do you know how much that could do for a child and their community? A lot. You can afford it.

I’ve been a Christian for a long time. I’ve also given to the church for years. They feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and give to missions.  Even though all those things are wonderful I have to say to see the face of a child and truly make a difference, well nothing has ever felt as good.

We live in a world where coaches and authors love to chant the million dollar phrase “Do you want to change the world?” I have to admit I even have that on one of my own websites. However I am finding that for some people the translation is: Do you want to make more videos, sell more CD’s and basically care for yourself. Recently in a group people who call themselves “World changers”  (this is not the group’s name by the way) I shared my experience along with a photo of David. I was super excited and wanted to share what happened. All the while  thinking “world changers” would be as excited as I was.  No one said a peep. Not “Wow that’s great where can I learn more?”  or “Hey that’s a great cause”  No not a peep.

It made me feel like laughing if it had not been so sad. Are people so wrapped up in their own world that they don’t realize that changing the world is not about coaching programs?  It’s about what you DO with the money you make from those programs. It’s about the lives you impact. May I also share that If you never do anything with the blessings you’ve been given other then blow them on yourself you are really not a world changer.

I wanted to share my experience and say that if you are one of those shouting, “I want to change the world!” Then DO something. If you want to change the world it starts with a single life.

You don’t have to sponsor a child in a foreign land but you can go visit the widow on your block who has on one. You can go to the senior home filled with those who’ve been forgotten and put a smile back on their face. You can go to your local shelter and donate some of the clothes you’ve been waiting to fit back into that you won’t any time soon.

World changers don’t talk about changing the world, they DO change the world.  God is very smart. There is a Bible passage that says, “You will know them by their fruit.”

What that means is you may hear a lot of people speak about changing the world. But if they don’t do anything for others, if the business they have doesn’t change lives for the better then their life is fruitless.

I’m curious. What are you doing to make a difference? Even if it’s just I help my girlfriend with the dishes because she is exhausted, then you ARE a world changer. One life, one heart, one moment at a time.

This video is from one of my favorite movies of all time, Evan Almighty. Listen to the end of the clip about how you can really change the world. Then go do it 🙂




  1. says

    I love this post Lisa! I whole heartedly believe change happens in small steps everyday. I just saw a movie the other day and this will now be on my list of favorite quotes,
    “If you keep on doing what you’ve always done ,you’ll keep on being what you’ve always been, nothing changes unless you make it change. Nothing Changes Unless You Make It Change. ”
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  2. says

    My blog was partially inspired by my desire to make a difference in dog rescue. I support causes locally, I try and teach my audience the importance of adopting and how to better care for their dogs (so they don’t end up in a shelter) and I hope that my voice is being shared. I’m excited at the popularity of my blog and Facebook page and pray that it grows in popularity.

    I would have been one of the people who walked by your table; not because I don’t care, but because my cause is dog rescue and I always think that people who have the cause of helping children around the world are doing their part in that arena. It never occurred to me that if we’re all thinking that “others are helping” then no one is helping.

    Good for you for putting your money/time where your mouth is and working for something that is important to you. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experience.
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    • says

      Thank you for sharing. And I appreciate it because you are right I too had to realize that walking by doesn’t always mean people are not helping. That’s why I had to share maybe they are supporting other causes. Just like you are doing.

      I hope that by sharing everyone just does their part somewhere on the planet 🙂
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