Hello friends. My name is Kenny Conley and I’m the homeless blogger. What does that mean? Well, I have a blog over at childrensministryonline.com(BUT DON’T GO THERE). My blog is very sick with a nasty virus. Since she’s sick and slowly getting better, I don’t have a place to post new articles. I’m at the Kidmin Conference in Chicago and like always, I’ve got something to say… I just don’t have anyplace to say it. So, thanks to some good friends, they’re giving this homeless blogger a couch to sleep on and letting me finish off the carton of ice cream in the freezer.
Last night I had the privilege of hearing from a National and World Leader named Dr. Lazarus from Malawi. There were so many nuggets of wisdom that spoke to the heart of what we’re attempting to do in Kidmin. One thought that has resonated though was something he said about what things will look like 100 years from now because of something I did today. Actually, I have always been fond of that quote “100 years from now it won’t matter what kind of car you drove, what your bank account said or what house you lived in, but the world is different because you were important in the life of a child.”
So, here is where the rubber met the road for me. That 100 year quote that I’ve always been fond of is cute. It’s a feel good quote for those who serve kids. However, I feel that it doesn’t really have any teeth. No bite and hearing Dr. Lazarus last night challenged me on this very thought.
The former quote speaks of an action that could result as the result of me working with kids. However, it feels more accidental, not purposeful. The world may be different, but in what way?
Dr. Lazarus spoke about having a 100 year vision. You know, I’ve never really thought about how I might change the course of the world in some way 100 years from now… but I think I should. Every time we hold a child dedication class, I tell parents to imagine the end and let that guide how they raise their kids. I think the same is true for our lives and beyond. What intentional things can I begin doing (maybe it’s the things I’ve already been doing, but now just more purposeful) to ensure that I don’t have an impact now, but that the impact far outlasts me and my short time on this planet. I know I can’t determine the future, but how to I raise the odds that the future WILL be different.
So, what’s your 100 year future?
Thanks Jenny Funderburke for hosting my post. I hope you don’t mind, I made a bunch of long distance phone calls on your phone while you were gone… just let me know what I owe you. Look for my next post by following my tweets at twitter.com/kennyconley