Blake is the founder and chief shoe giver of TOMS shoes, a company with the philosophy that every shoe they sell, they give one to a child in need. One for one.
This evening Blake talked to a room full of college aged students about the importance of creating something that’s sustainable (a concept I am learning to appreciate more and more as time goes on) and giving (a concept I love, and am loving more and more as time goes on). We, as people, crave something that matters, wanting to know that we are making a difference. We want to know that there will be a legacy that follows. Sustainability is huge. Although giving is great, if you can give someone a gift, and then teach and provide them with the tools where they can be self-suffient, you’ve accomplished something even greater.
Working with Convoy of Hope (and a bit with a partnering organization called Sustain Hope) these past several months I have come to see how imperative BOTH giving and sustainability are. When you give someone a something, whether it’s a gift of a new pair of shoes, or a daily meal to school children you are giving them hope, and value. You have the chance to show them love.
BUT, I am finding it gets better. When you give AND you introduce Jesus, something truly extraordinary happens. The bible says that the gift opens the door for the Giver. When you meet someone where they are and you show them they you really care, you have the opportunity to be Jesus to them. YOU get to be the Jesus they see.
Blake is a wonderful example of someone stepping out in their gifts and talents and making a difference in the world around him. He is changing the way people think, how businesses are run, and creating a simple way for others to jump on board. Blake is an inspirer of change.
That’s what I want to be. I want to be one who steps out in my gifts and talents and makes a difference in the world around me. I want to be one who inspires others, not afraid of doing something completely out of the ordinary. I want to be a bit more like Blake.