I had a bit of a wake up call last night.
I was watching Secret Millionaire online (if you haven’t seen it, it’s a great show… cried through most of it) when the call came. It was from HIM.
You see…. I’ve been frustrated. Being called to missions in a foreign place isn’t always a cup of tea, but sometimes we add our own problems and issues on top of that. I’ve been trying to set up a “presence” for Shine to build up supporters. Facebook. Twitter. Blog. etc etc etc.
And I guess if I’m going to be honest, I’ve been disappointed. Not only disappointed in the lack of response, but disappointed in myself. I’ve been caught up with the newsletters, support, finances, updates… things that we think we need to focus on; but really they should only be add-on’s to our mission.
But it wasn’t until last night that I realized what I was doing. The “secret millionaire” went undercover to volunteer with non-profits to see where the real need was, and surprised them in the end with a huge check. It wasn’t the huge check that got my attention, it was the org’s. All of them were small, and unknown (except within their community). They weren’t worried about who knew what they were doing or what publicity they were receiving…. they were concerned about the people they were helping.
And it hit me like a ton of bricks.
It’s not about me. It’s not about you. It’s about them.
And while I adore all of you, I won’t be trying to gain your praises any time soon. I’m re-focusing my attention on them…. (and I’m still hoping one day you’ll join me)