Don’t Change the World – Change Yourself

One of the things I’ve learned at Sundance this past week is that people are screening films that cost millions, and others screen films that cost hundreds. We watched a full length feature film yesterday that cost $1,500 to produce – it happened because of the time and commitment of a very creative and driven team. The point isn’t the budget. The point is that if you have talent, drive, and commitment, anything could happen. In my work with religious organizations and non-profits, I find they have plenty of vision, but they haven’t created the kind of creative, innovative culture that can make that vision happen. Too many people want to change the world, and not enough want to
change themselves. Standing in line for a screening, someone handed me a promotional card for another movie, and on the front, it had this quote:

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” (Howard Thurman).

I know pastors who have a great vision, but are miserable. Ministry leaders that labor under the pressure of fundraising until they nearly crack. Organizations that cultivate an atmosphere or fear and intimidation. They may have a great vision, but are they making a difference? Hardly.

What is it that makes you come alive? What were you born to do?

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