Have you ever doubted that you mean anything to this world? Do you ever get the feeling that if you just disappeared from the planet that it wouldn’t make a hill of beans worth of difference?
Well, we all have our low times and our doubts that we have to deal with. We all have our doubts about whether the things we do really matter.
I guess that’s a normal part of being human.
But it’s also B.S.
It’s the enemy trying to get to you.
In my Celebrating Financial Freedom course, I spend an entire session talking about a concept called the “Precessional Effect”. It would be too lengthy to explain it fully here, but the basic concept is that you, the decisions you make, and the things you do, no matter how large or small, change the world permanently. Sometimes in very surprising ways.
I tell the story of a guy named John that decided to get out of debt. When he did, others saw his excitement and were inspired by his actions to get out of debt as well, because they saw it could actually be done.
One of these people is Jennifer. Jennifer had always wanted to feed hungry children in Central America because she herself grew up very poor. But ,being deep in debt, she could never commit to it because she felt that she just couldn’t afford it.
But after being inspired by what John did, she made a plan, worked hard at it, and over time became debt free. She is now able to sponsor several hungry children. One of them is a smart little boy named Tomas. Tomas had trouble concentrating in school because he rarely had enough to eat. Now that he had a full belly thanks to Jennifer, he could begin excelling academically. As he progresses in school, he earns a scholarship, attends college, and ends up performing cutting edge research that discovers a new way to treat cancer, saving thousands of lives.
All of this happens because one person (John) decided to get out of debt.
Because he made one decision and he followed through, literally thousands of lives were saved, much suffering was eliminated, and the world was permanently changed for the better.
Yes, this is a fictional story, but it demonstrates the fact that you, and what you do, are immeasurably valuable to this world. Your financial situation matters to more people than just you and your family.
We are all connected in unexpected ways, and when you take the bull by the horns and make your own situation better, you make it better for us all.
I found a mind blowing and very entertaining video called “The Six Degrees of Elvis” by Lanny Donoho that demonstrates it all very well. It doesn’t specifically mention the Precessional Effect, but the concept is the same. I saw it first in a post by Jon Acuff in his “Stuff Christians Like” blog.
Question: What good decision do you know you need to make that you’ve been avoiding? What’s keeping you from taking that leap?
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