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"Be the change you want to see in the world." Have you heard that quote before? Mahatma Gandhi coined the now famous phrase. I thought about this quote as I was watching an old episode of Oprah on my DVR.  This particular episode was about “hooking people up” and making one of their dreams come true. One of the hook-ups was a free dinner from KFC for all audience members and anyone and everyone that was watching. But despite my love for food, the part that moved me to tears was not food related.

Will.i.Am the famous front man for the Black Eyed Peas was on the show. He was there to talk about the college scholarship program he started called “i.am scholarship.” Will.i.Am started this program to fund students who can’t afford to pay their way to college. Will woke up one day and decided that he wanted to make a difference in the youth of this generation. He wanted to use his fame and his influx of money for the better. He shared about the hardships he had to face in his life. How he bought his current house because he could look out the window and see the projects where he had grown up and once lived. He shared how if it wasn’t for his mother, a single parent, he would not be the man he is today. She believed in him and encouraged him to dream big.
He said he didn’t want to depend on the President to make all the changes but that he wanted to do his part. So, in one day, in less than five minutes he completely changed the lives of four African American high school seniors. He promised he would pay their full college tuition, books, room and board…basically all their expenses.


I was brought to tears as I watched these young men fully realize the magnitude of this moment. Astonishment, bewilderment, “you have to be kiddin’ me” was written all of their faces. It made me think of things that I could do to better the world or better the life of someone. How often do we think of ways to drastically change the lives of people around us? Most of us reading this probably do not have the funds to send someone to college. But what can we do? What can I do in my immediate “world” that will make an impact…leave a legacy.

We so often depend on others to do all the hard work and be the example. But what if we all realized we are the example and took responsibility for the future of our youth, for those in need, for those who are hurting, for those who so desperately need to see people be the change they want to see in the world. God calls us to be the change. To think different. To dream big. He calls us to leave a legacy. What will your legacy be?

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