The salvation of mankind lies only in making everything the concern of all.
Effective dreamers are concerned.
It has been said that the starting point of all achievement is desire.
While I agree with that statement to an extent, I have found that I have never had a desire until I have first had a concern. For example:
I desire to exercise when I am first concerned about my health.
I desire to pray when I am first concerned about my relationship with God.
I desire to do the dishes when I am first concerned about the happiness of my wife!
On the other side of the coin, when I don’t have a true concern for a thing, it is very difficult for me to maintain a sustained desire.
With that said, I am convinced that goals and dreams are most often realized when, first, an individual connects with and has a sincere concern or care:
1. For THEMSELVES
One who has a concern for themselves believes: I can be better than this.
It is when these feelings of concern arise within an individual that desire and motivation for positive personal change follows.
Consider: What concerns do you have for yourself?
2. For their COMMUNITY
One who has a concern for the community believes: We can be better than this.
These feelings of concern lead an individual to make choices and decisions to make a positive change within their sphere of influence and surrounding community.
Consider: What concerns do you have for your community?
3. For the WORLD
One who has a concern for the world believes: Our world can be better than this.
It is the dreamers and goal achievers who have a concern and a burden for the world that have the seed within them to change the world.
Knowing this, it is my hope that, in addition to the concerns that we have for ourselves and our communities, we would also develop global concerns. If we would become concerned about the needs, issues and problems of the world at large, there is no telling what type of work those concerns would motivate us to accomplish!
Consider: What concerns do you have for the world?