Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Changing the world: One little step at a time!

I recently watched the movie Conviction, telling the real life story of Betty Anne Waters. Waters, who had a brother wrongfully convicted of murder, spent 18 years putting herself through law school in order to prove her brother’s innocence. She was a waitress with a family, 2 children, and limited time and resources, yet she chipped away, step by step, ultimately resulting in her primary goal of freeing her brother.
I find her story so inspiring, because it so clearly shows how any small person can accomplish something great, no matter how long it takes. Even Noah, who was commanded to build the arc, was estimated to have taken 55-75 years to complete it. Had I been in the same situation, I can't say I would have done it. Sometimes I think of how can I change things today, rather than how can I change them tomorrow. How many of you have ever dreamed of accomplishing something, or getting somewhere, but couldn’t because of certain circumstances or limitations. Have you ever wished you could open up a free clinic in a third world country, but aren’t a doctor? Ever dreamed you owned several houses so you could offer them up at no charge to low income families in need, but didn’t even own your first home yet? How about yearning to preach to congregations about the great and amazing Glory of God, and all His wonders, but only know a few stories from the bible? It is situations like these that make me think, if I don’t do it, who will? If there were enough people doing all these things, then we wouldn’t have the problems and needs in the first place!
The problem I always sit and think about, is the problem of orphans. I often think, plan, and dream, of how I can change legislature so rules are changed about the well being of children in foster care. I wish I had the authority to go to the UN and demand changes for international adoption. I wonder what I could do if I had my own adoption agency, free of charge, and how many more adoptions might be possible if finances weren’t an issue. There are so many things that NEED to be done, by so many MILLIONS of people, yet I think we underestimate ourselves, and God. We are capable of so much more, and He is capable of EVERYTHING! So what are we waiting for?
A year ago I tried to enrol in the social work degree program, with a minor in political science, to become a social worker, to try and make a difference. Being a mother of 4 young children, not having a lot of money, and definitely not a lot of time, it obviously didn’t work out. I was discouraged and shoved the idea to the back of my mind. I think my problem was I was trying to take too big a step, was trying to swallow before I chewed. What if instead, I took my time? Chipped away at it, little step by little step? Think about someone you know, or yourself, who might be in their mid thirties or older. If they had thought of something big, maybe 10 or 15 years earlier, they would be in a position NOW to get it accomplished, just as we may be years from now! What if I took one course a semester, or even one a year, until all my children were in school? Even if it took me 15 years to complete a degree in social work, in  15 years from now would I rather be ready to embark on great changes for those children in need, or would I prefer spending my days scrap booking and learning to knit. I don’t at all regret not going to school earlier. I know I am where I am supposed to be. I love my life and raising my beautiful family. But I am not going to be a mother to young children forever. There will come a day when they have all moved out and onto their own God inspired journeys, and I want to be ready for my journey as well. God has given us so many abilities and is just waiting for us to use them. We are the ones who are going to change the world! I encourage you to think of something big you have always dreamed of doing, and start thinking of how you can get there. All it takes is one little step at a time until you eventually find yourself on the other side of the world! Last night I signed up for my first course. What will you do?

1 comment:

  1. This is such an inspiring post Amanda. I often get overwhelmed thinking about the bigger picture and get discouraged by the thought "I'll never be able to do that". Thanks for the reminder that if I take it one step at a time, I can accomplish my dreams. Congratulations on signing up for a class. That's exciting!