“Not A Memo, A Mission Statement”

“Every single time you help somebody stand up, you are helping humanity rise.”

~ Steve Maraboli

If the title sounds familiar but you can’t place it, it’s from Jerry Maguire.  A mission statement is a suggestion for the future and Jerry sent one out to his coworkers about how he was tired of the status quo.  He wanted his industry to go back to a time when personal relationships with clients was more important than money.

If ever our world needed a mission statement, it is right now.  What we are accepting as the status quo is disturbing.  It is time for all of us to start working towards a brighter future for everyone.  Even the smallest act of kindness can create a ripple effect.  I am on a mission with The Empowerment Perspective Group and our goal is to empower people from all walks of life.  All I want to know is…”Who’s coming with me?”

Just kidding!  Well, sort of.  We should all be looking for ways that we can help others.  There are signs out there to lead you to your mission, all you have to do is pay attention.  Here’s my story that just happened a week ago.

I am a firm believer that things happen for a reason.  I rejoined my podcast partners and we did our first show on the radio last Saturday.  When Kareem arrived, two men got out of a car that pulled in behind him.  I thought they were guests that he had planned to have on the show.  And they were, it just wasn’t planned.

He had stopped at a store to pick up a few things and as he was leaving, he saw these two men in the parking lot.  At first he thought that they were selling something but he quickly learned that they were part of a local church that set up out there every so often to hand out donations they had to those that are struggling within the community.  He asked them if they wanted to jump on the radio with us and they agreed.  I’ll attach the link to the show at the end of this blog.  (We’re open to feedback.)

Pastor Robinson talked about how important it is for his ministry to live in faith not only inside his church but outside its four walls.  That is why he and Buster, a member of his church, were in that parking lot.  They were practicing what they preach.  Pastor Robinson also mentioned he frequently gets asked how much it costs to do this and he loves that question because his response is always “Jesus paid for it”.

Talk about men on a mission.

I think of myself as a charitable person but if I’m being honest, there is so much more I can be doing for others.  There are so many people out there that are hurting.  While physical or monetary donations are always needed, many just need to know that they are loved and they are worthy of that love.

A lot has happened this past week.  My mind is on overdrive, we’ve come so far and yet it feels like progress has stalled and to some extents even taken steps back.  I typed several posts this week without publishing one because I couldn’t decide which was most important.  The common thread in all of them was we as a people need to start doing a better job.  So I decided to publish this, inspired by two men who are actively showing love to a community that desperately needs it.

If the leaders of our country aren’t going to step up then it’s time for the people of this nation to show them that we can lift this country up on our own.  But how?  Well, if I had all the answers I’d gladly share them.  I think a good place to start is to pray and He will guide you to your mission.  I believe in God and I know that His plans don’t always align with mine, but I know whose plans are right.  We need to start looking for and listening to the signs that are placed in front of us and take action.

Taking action is where I tend to struggle personally.  I have ideas going in and out so fast that if I don’t write something down, chances are I will forget about it.  I have sat on the sidelines too long, making lists of all the things that I could do but I never do.  That chapter is officially closed.  I don’t believe it was just a coincidence that Kareem brought Pastor Robinson and Buster to the radio station last Saturday.  Like I said, He gives you signs each and every day, it’s up to you to pay attention.

I got His message and I accept His mission.  Stay tuned.

Here’s the link to our first radio broadcast:  http://www.theempowermentperspective.com/podcast