Jeff Goins is a writer who I’ve truly come to admire.   He has a very refreshing way of looking at things and I’ve learned a lot from him about waiting, about being “in the moment” and about looking for God’s plan.

He wrote a piece called “Illusions” that has come to mean a lot to me.    I wish I had known it (and believed it) many years ago when I was younger.  

A couple of things that he said that hit home……

“what makes you weird is what makes you you” – think about that.   Many people feel like they are weird, many people feel like they don’t fit in.   But they do.   They fit in like their own individual piece of the puzzle.   Go people watching at a major international airport some time.   You’ll see a lot of weird. 

But it’s not really weird.   It’s just you and you and you and you being the you that you were meant to be.   And it’s not the urge to conform, the urge to fit in that allows you to make a difference in the world.   That actually gets in the way of making a difference.

And soon, you will see that the weirdos, the misfits, the outcasts, these are the people who get things done. Who truly change the world.

It’s the Harvard Med School graduate who used to live in a school bus (Paul Farmer).

It’s the college drop out who built a computer company and now is out to do radical things like eliminate diseases (Bill Gates).

It’s the attorney who rides a longboard to his office at Disneyland’s Adventure Cove and spends a lot of his time fighting child trafficking in Uganda (because Love Does) – (Bob Goff)

It’s the high school senior who fell in love with a country and a continent and came back to adopt many of the girls there – (Katie Davis).

It’s the “stay at home mom” who couldn’t ignore the needs of the kids in Kenya (beyond the two she adopted) and started Mothers Fighting for Others (Rocky Turner)

It’s the mom who adopted two kids from Haiti and stayed to start a business that employs hundreds of Haitians so they don’t have to put their kids up for adoption (Shelley Clay)

It’s the……  I could go on for hours and days listing all of the amazing people who many would consider weird.

But these are people who are changing the world with their weird.  They are changing the world with their initiative, changing the world with their willingness to be different.   The world is a better place because of Paul, Bob, Katie, Rocky, Shelley and more.

If you had told me 10 years ago that I’d be starting my own non-profit organization with the goal of combatting poverty and eliminate the poverty orphan syndrome through online business and prayer, I would have said that you are the one who is nuts. 

But God’s got a sense of humor and here I am.   The Vulnerable Project is still in its infancy but it will have three distinct parts to it:

  • The online store – all of the items that will be for sale at http://thevulnerableproject.org/store/ will specifically benefit The Vulnerable Project, organizations that are already on the ground in Haiti and elsewhere and most importantly people in that country who are struggling to make a living.
  • The grant program – the target (at the start) is to invest 50% of The Vulnerable Project’s proceeds back into the organizations that we work with.   These investments will be focused on specific measurable projects that help them do their work better.
  • Prayer – I firmly believe that we are engaged in a deep spiritual battle and a concerted effort will be made to combat that through targeted prayer.    I hope you’ll join us.   http://thevulnerableproject.org/praying-for-the-vulnerable/

Weird?  To the best of my knowledge, no one has ever combined these type of efforts together.   So, I guess you could say so.

Exciting?   It is.    It’s going to be exciting to see what God has planned.

I hope you’ll join me!

Tom

p.s. It feels really weird to talk about these people who are changing the world and talking about my plans in the same post…..   I guess that’s a good thing?