People Who Change the World: The Urban Farming Guys

This is part three of a three-part series.  Find part one here and part two here.

The Urban Farming Guys epitomize Gandhi’s quote to be the change you wish to see in the world.  These guys moved to one of the worst neighborhoods in the country.  The neighborhood was a place that politicians and charity groups had written off, because of the high rates of drug use, violence, arson, drop-outs, etc.  It was a place that was running low on hope.  The UFG’s changed that.  They brought hope back, and incredibly their efforts have actually reduced violence and restored the lives of addicts and criminals!

It would be best to see a brief video they made.  They can explain their efforts better than I can, but I’m not ashamed to say I’m a huge fan.  Ashlee and I donated to their efforts.  This is the future of freedom!

I think I was most excited to share with my kids about the Urban Farming Guys, because they are living the lesson I try to teach my family all the time.  God placed us on Earth at a specific time, in a specific place, with a certain family, endowed with unique interests and talents.  He did this for a purpose.  These conditions and attributes all contribute to our personal, individual mission.  When we key into our purpose on Earth we will be the happiest we could be, we will enjoy an immense sense of fulfilment, and we will have the greatest impact on the world around us.

I’ll keep this post brief so you will have time to watch the video, but I want to extend two invitations.  First, check out the Urban Farming Guys and consider donating.  They can be found on the internet here, Facebook here, and on YouTube here.

Second, and most importantly, spend some time brainstorming what your God-given purpose is.  Don’t be lazy about it.  Don’t assume it is your profession.  (Here’s a hint – it probably is NOT your profession.  I feel that the fact that over 80% of Americans are dissatisfied with their job is a symptom of people finding work in areas that do not align with their passion/purpose.) What are some interests you’ve had for a long time but never gave the time and resources you wish you had?  What’s a business idea you’ve mulled over that you were afraid to pursue? What’s an issue in society that boils your blood?

These might be areas that you were meant to be involved with.  Look into it more.  Find a mentor in those areas.  Read books about those interests.  And DO SOMETHING!  You might be surprised just how easily you change the world.

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About Jonathan

I am a man whose life has been profoundly changed by a beautiful woman, 5 amazing kids, the gospel of Jesus Christ, and Leadership Education.
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