Big Dreams Require Big Courage
Happy New Year all! I am excited and scared for what 2017 will bring. Big things are going to happen this year. The last few weeks have brought great family time, but now the kid is back to school and we slowly crawl back to our schedules. For me that mainly means getting to the gym and wearing grown up clothes again.
When I wrote on my calendar this week, “Wednesday: Submit non-profit paperwork” I just thought that day worked best to head downtown. On Tuesday, however, I realized the significance: January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and the 11th, as it turns out, is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. God has a great sense of humor and timing. This was the right day to get this thing going.
For the past few months, as I prepared paperwork I found myself making excuses for not moving forward. I’ve realized that the period of waiting for your dream is easier and less scary than actually doing it. Big dreams require big courage, and now that I am stepping out into this dream I am a bit freaked out. The waiting period was safe.
Big dreams can mean big failure. I don’t like the idea of failure, or people criticizing me (people pleaser alert). But isn’t the greater risk if we do nothing at all?
William Wilberforce, the great abolitionist from England that helped stop the slave trade in 1807 said, “You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”
Then I learned about human trafficking way back in 2006 I couldn’t get it out of my head. I couldn’t say I didn’t know anymore and it has affected how I think to this day. We are responsible for our knowledge and over the last number of years Adventure God has taught me that knowing and caring are not enough. He is pushing me to create practical impact and step into the story. I can no longer look the other way.
I can’t ignore the statistics. And they are more than statistics, really: they are people. They are human lives, created in the image of God, the author of life, and they deserve respect and dignity. Creating awareness and social media posting has a role. But I can’t stop there. I need to step into the story wholeheartedly. The people in the story include….
- 45 million PEOPLE enslaved worldwide
- 2 million CHILDREN in the global commercial sex trade
- 20 million PEOPLE in forced labor
- Many of the corporations and organizations we purchase from use slave labor in their supply chains (some of which I have talked about previously).
So, I am stepping out in faiths to do the part Adventure God has set before me and act on the knowledge I have. And right now, it looks like an application and a receipt from the Arizona Corporation Commission.
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