I recently spent a few days with our Northwest Life College students at the Dream Center in Los Angeles. Yeah, it was tough, but hey someone had to go. Those mid 70’s temps needed to be enjoyed.
The Dream Center is a church located in the heart of LA. Their building is the former Queen of Angels Hospital and it overlooks the 101 traffic as it crawls along. It’s a volunteer driven organization that finds and fills the needs of individuals and families alike. The Dream Center was founded in 1994 and currently serves over 40,000 people each month.
At the conclusion of our trip we talked as a group about what we observed, enjoyed and found challenging.
The students shared various answers and the discussion was going well. It was clear that our students wanted to bring the Dream Center’s spirit of love and compassion for their city home with them.
The question was, how?
What we saw was so huge. The needs seemed endless. Skid row seemed so overwhelming. How could we make a difference like that back home?
What could we do?
The answer may seem simple, but I believe it’s actually how change occurs.
We each needed to answer this question:
What can I do?
If you want to change the world, you must start with your world.
Your world is the people you come in contact with on a daily basis.
Friends. Neighbors. Classmates. Family. Co-workers.
The change our students wanted to see starts with them.
The change your wanting to see begins with you.
Don’t wait for others. Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Don’t wait for the next opportunity.
Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest. (Ecclesiastes 11.4, NLT)
100% of unsuccessful diets begin tomorrow.
It may seem insignificant, but be encouraged, it’s something new, give it time.
In the end, it’ll be worth it.
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin. (Zechariah 4.10, NLT)
I’m hopeful our team will bring change home with them.
As for changes that I want to see in my life, they start with me.
The same is true for you.
What are you waiting for? A better you is one decision away.