There is no substitute for serving. Serving changes lives on multiple levels. For example, we learn from those we serve, and they learn from us. Often, we also learn from those with whom we serve. Such was the case for me on a recent trip to Haiti with a fantastic nonprofit The Global Orphan Project.
One was a CEO…
Many men and women have been given the title CEO. Many have fallen horribly short of the leadership qualities that we pray thattitle exudes.
This week in Haiti, I met a man who fulfills that title unlike many who share it.
- He laughs as loud as he loves.
- He prays as fervently as he advocates for the children his organization cares for.
- He preaches with as much passion as he has for his work.
- He plays with children as easily as he leads. His faith is as powerful as his presence.
- His actions are real, tangible and faithful.
For my new friend, Jim, who took over 40 of his staff and teens in care to Haiti, it really doesn’t matter if he had the title CEO or not he would still embody everything we desire that title to truly mean…. a true CEO isn’t a title you’re given it’s lived out in action.
Another was a teenager…
“t’s not every day that a 16-year-old young man provides a profound insight into true love. But he did.
It’s not every day that an orphaned child from Haiti teaches him that lesson. But she did.
‘I need to learn to love with no strings attached like they do.’ His words hit me hard. They are still messing with my soul.
How does a child of 16 know so much? How does a six-year-old Haitian teach him? God knows. He delights in using interesting messengers with simple messages.
Our next steps are now the same…strive to love with no strings attached.
To learn more about the joy of learning from, serving with, and loving others, visit my friends at GO Project.