Writing The Promise has been an extraordinary experience. I cannot put into words, even though I am a writer, the impact it has had on me. I have been affected spiritually, emotionally and in my writing ability.I also have felt God’s presence in every line I have written. Amazing!
If that isn’t enough, the character Sam is now at a point of discovering her divine purpose. It goes beyond sharing the message of God’s promise. Sam asks God why some suffer in poverty while others live in luxury. God points out that there is enough in the world for everyone, we just don’t share well. He tells Sam we need a “redistribution revolution.” Sam thinks this is a very cool concept and I started thinking the same thing.
Sam thought she had nothing to give to others. She has no money at the end of the month. God pointed out that her daily latte was enough to save a child from starvation. With little, she could impact another life. We are looking for the big solution to world hunger and homelessness when one person, one dollar, one pair of shoes can change the world.
Here in Windsor, there is an organization called “Street Help” which is run by volunteers that have been previously homeless. They provide whatever people who live on the streets of this city need. They put a call out for shoes. You may think that one pair of shoes can’t make a difference but I saw what an impact they can have. On ABC’s Secret Millionaire, an ordinary guy was doing an extraordinary thing for those that call Skid Row home. He was providing clothes, shoes, sleeping bags and toiletries that he gathered with the help of some friends. This wasn’t his full-time job; he had a business. It was just one man doing what he could with what he had. On the day they were filming his visit to Skid Row, a man who needed the aid of a walker to get around had come looking for a pair of shoes. By the time he got to the front of the line, there were none left. The volunteer asked him what size shoes he wore and when the reply matched his own he gave the man the shoes right off of his feet. The reaction of the homeless man was overwhelming gratitude and disbelief that he had this new pair of awesome shoes. One man and one pair of shoes made an incredible difference in another man’s life.
We do need a “redistribution revolution” and I feel that even before this book is finished I am going to start one. I don’t have thousands of dollars to give away but I do have things in my home that I don’t need but others do. My mind has been consumed with this concept for the past 24 hours. Coats, shoes, clothing, hockey equipment…the list goes on and on. I have hours of my time that can make a difference. One day I will have dollars to use. Can you imagine this world if we all gave a little to those with little? There is a company called World Clothes Line. For every t-shirt or sweatshirt you buy, they will give one to someone in need. They have screen-printed clothing that corresponds with different countries and the donation goes to someone in that country. A cool concept. The young owner was interviewed and said the company was “profitable and philanthropic.” How many business could do the same? How many ways are there to redistribute the wealth?
Sam is not me. She is a fictional character, a composite of many people. But, where she is headed is somewhere I would like to go. I want to start a revolution that doesn’t involve a war. I want to change lives one pair of shoes at a time.I thought that writing this book was my divine purpose. I am beginning to wonder if God wants more.
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:1).
I hope you will all be blessed today with the opportunity to make a big difference with a small act.