As a person who generally does not make habit of reading the forwards to books, I’m extremely glad that I actually read the one at the front of Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis. This entire book has grabbed my attention and my heart. I’m sure I will share other parts of this book as I continue reading, but for today I just can’t stop thinking about the very first paragraph of the forward by Beth Clark:
“People who want to make a difference in the world usually do it, in one way or another. And I’ve noticed something about people who make a difference in the world: They hold the unshakable conviction that individuals are extremely important, that every life matters. They get excited over one smile. They are willing to feed one stomach, educate one mind, and treat one wound. They aren’t determined to revolutionize the world all at once; they’re satisfied with small changes. Over time, though, the small changes add up. Sometimes they even transform cities and nations, and yes, the world.”
What so captured my attention about this paragraph is how well it lines up with First Trinity‘s Core Value that “all people matter” and directly connected it to the idea of “transforming our world” in our mission statement. We also see through this that a transformation of our world is actually possible when we focus on doing so–as both our mission statements and the forward to this book suggest–one life at a time.
Author Katie Davis, a 22-year old American mother to thirteen (yes, you read that right, THIRTEEN) adopted Ugandan children and founder of Amazima Ministries in Uganda, is one of those world-changers… and she does it one life at a time.
Later on in her book she shares some humbling statistics of people living in poverty around the world:
143 million orphaned children + 11 million who starve to death or die from preventable diseases + 8.5 million who work as child slaves or prostitutes + 2.3 million children who live with HIV
= 164.8 million needy children in the world.
As Katie says in her book, “At first glance that looks like a big number…” I agree. It seems like an impossible number, a number to big to wrap our minds around, and a number that surely I can’t do anything about!
However, 2.1 BILLION people on this earth claim to be Christians. “The truth is that if only 8 percent of the Christians would care for ONE child, there would not be any statistics left.”
EIGHT PERCENT! That’s all it would take.
Do you truly believe that all people matter? Who’s life can you change today? Maybe it’s a smile and kind word to the cashier that seems to be having a bad day. Maybe it’s a hug for a grieving friend or a hot meal for someone hungry. Or maybe it’s sponsoring a child in Haiti or Uganda or even the US to go to school and be fed or rescuing a child out of sex trafficking. One life at a time, we can transform our world, through the power of God’s Living Word along with the gifts and talents, passions and desires, resources and time he’s given us. Will you join me?
Let’s change the world and love as Jesus did, living with the conviction that
“I have learned that I will not change the world. Jesus will do that. I can, however, change the world for one person. So I keep stopping and loving one person at a time. Because this is my call as a Christian.” ~ Katie Davis