It has been said that if you save one life, you can save the world. When I was just a teenager, I met a little boy on the streets of Brazil—a street child. His father had abandoned him, and his mother could not afford to care for him. He slept on a bench and had no clothes or shoes. He was dirty and hungry.
Meeting this young boy changed my life. It taught me an important lesson—I may not be able to save all the hurting children in the world, but I could make a difference for one. And years later, I have never forgotten.
I have often wondered what his life would have been like had we not met—where would he be, would he have survived? But what I have wondered more, is what my life would have been like had we not met that day . . . maybe I was the lucky one.
I write about this and more in my new book Awake: Doing a World of Good One Person at a Time.
In the pages of Awake, you will see my personal story intertwined with those of others. But really, my story is nothing more than an account of those who have touched my life, broken my heart, and restored my hope in humanity, justice, and God’s love.
It is true that the needs of our world today can be overwhelming. And the easy thing to do is live with our heads in the sand. We turn the channel, look the other way, and fill our lives with so many distractions that we never really have to face reality. And when we do face these issues, even for a moment, all we seem to do is feel guilty. But that does not change reality, and it does not make the problems go away.
Timothy Keller says,
You see, I believe that if we will wake up to the needs of the world—if we will embrace the injustices that we see—that is when we can begin to restore hope. It is no longer about handouts. It’s not about guilt or charity. It’s about justice, it’s about compassion, and it’s about change.
May we all find ourselves awake and doing a world of good.
To learn more or to order your copy of Awake, visit awakebook.org.