What does it mean to want to “change the world” and be a catalyst for something greater? Who are the kinds of people who not only ask these questions, but are willing to go beyond the normal axiom of thinking anyway? These kinds of questions are almost Messianic as we remember the actor in the series “The Bible” which was created by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey engaging us with these interrogatives.
Christ was speaking to Peter in the boat when they were fishing and challenged him with his question and I have been thinking a lot as I transition into the latter parts of my life, what is left to be done and why?
James Barnett the CEO of Dayspring Greeting Cards is an awesome friend of ours. He and his wife Marilyn mean the world to our family and their son Jordan is one of our adopted godsons. Jordan lived with his when he was going to graduate school at Lipscomb University for film and is one of the most talented young men I know.
Last year James was attending a CEO conference where Andy Stanley spoke. The speaker was challenging the group with two key questions for life. Andy said, “The first question relates to your job and what you do" and he had the attention of the room who were taking notes.
If you could change one thing in your profession that would literally change everything, what would it be?”
When I first heard about this it made me really stop and think about films, about product creation and about the delivery methods by which we receive information. The more I pondered these thoughts, the more I realized the power of what he was asking. Professionally, he wanted everyone in the room to think outside the box.
Andy went on, “So last question is about your passion and is probably the most important question you will ever be asked. When you answer this question, it will define what you do the rest of your life, so here it is...
What breaks your heart?”
The room was silent as each executive stopped to consider what was the very “core” that would break your heart, would be the catalyst where you would face your destiny. Isn't that an amazing question and have you ever been asked it? I don't think anyone has ever asked me this and the question goes to the very core of who each of us are and why we get up every morning.
Tommy Sims is a world-class songwriter, musician and artist who has recently become a endeared friend through Javier Solis, an amazing sought after drummer here in Music City. Tommy wrote the Grammy Award winning “Song of the Year” for Eric Clapton entitled, “Change the World”. However, not many people know that this song began in Tommy’s childhood when he penned the song at 17 in the streets of Chicago.
Isn’t it interesting that you don’t have to be wealthy, older or have resources except the talents you have been given to “Change the World”. You just have to be willing to listen, to be obedient and heart the sound of distant drums calling you. This means having the ears to hear and the eyes to see when sometimes, other people just don’t.
So here is the question of the day, “Do you have the desire to think differently and pave the way to make life better? Are you willing to “change your world” and what is around you by placing your passion ahead of your personal pursuits?”
When you begin to do more for others, reach out to helping people who are under served, you will find everything in your life will be different. Lets all try to find our passion and follow the journey where we think differently. We are not like the animals, the bird and the fish, because we have been given dominion over our planet. Let’s make it better, listen to those who don’t think like we do and learn. Don’t paint yourself into a corner or live in a box style of thinking, but instead stretch your mind, embrace innovation and see your value.
God made you for a purpose. He has a plan and a destiny for your life because you matter. Ask Him for insights, pray and listen, wait for answers and then, step out in faith and be willing, to change the world in the way He has equipped you for in this journey of life.
I love you all,
Kevin McAfee is a film maker who writes for the purpose of inspiring others to make a difference in the world through faith in God using the visual language of film. His blog is shared in hopes of impacting culture, but his heart is in media missions and the church.