I want to tell you a little story at the beginning of this post. In 2012, me, my brother, and just a few of our friends planned a 24 hour live web show, called the “GaspAThon”. The purpose of this web show was to raise money to give my dad’s book, “Gasp”, away to homeless people in downtown ATL. This book gives a very clear presentation of the gospel, and we had seen so many people come to Christ through this book. We were up for a full 24 hours, doing whatever people wanted us to do for donations, all to give the gospel to homeless people.
After weeks of crazy preparations, the day for the web show finally came. To say I was nervous would be an understatement; I was terrified. I had barely slept the night before, which is not good because I was about to stay up for 24 hours straight. You get the picture, I was in a panic. Then something happened that changed all that.
My Dad got a message from the pastor of Elevation Church, Steven Furtick. If you know me, you know that this is a big deal to me. I absolutely love Elevation Church, and I listen to Steven Furtick’s messages all the time. He’s one of my all time favorite preachers. Well, he sent a text to my dad, saying that Elevation would donate $1,200 to the GaspAthon.
You guys can just go ahead and imagine what my face looked like when my Dad read that text to me. Our goal was to raise $4,000. The show had not even started yet, and Elevation Church had already gotten us over 1/4 of the way to our goal. I was shocked! Pastor Furtick and Elevation made a statement when they donated that much before we ever even went live. When they did that, they were saying we believe in you.
After I got the news about their donation, I was not nearly as nervous anymore. I thought, heck, if Steven Furtick believes in us and what we are doing, then I’m sure we can do it. In the end, we ended up raising $8,000 (double our original goal) and last year we did another web show for orphans in Ukraine and we raise $9,000.
After all this happened, it really got me thinking, it changes everything if you know someone believes in you. I think back to all the times I knew someone believed in me, I was able to accomplish so much, just because I knew they thought I could do it. I think that the words “I believe in you” are some of the most powerful words you can say to some one. Those four words can fuel someone to do things they never thought they would be able to do.
Now, this leads me to another thought, if I know that believing in someone fuels their drive to do things with excellence, then why do I not show more people that I believe in them?
If you want someone to achieve greatness, you have to show them that you believe in them. I am a huge Martin Luther King Jr. fan. (Happy late MLK Day, by the way) A little while back, I read Dr. King’s autobiography. I was really in awe about some things He said about his mother. He said that he remembered, as a child, his mother holding him in her arms and saying that he was a somebody and just as good as anyone else. Little did she know that the same little boy she believed in would one day change the social system of America. Martin Luther King Jr.’s mother believed in him. She believed in him, before he ever stood up and presented his grand “I Have A Dream” speech. She believed in him, when he was just a child, and, when that child grew up, he could still hear the words of his mother saying “You’re a somebody”. When someone who is important to you tells you that they believe in you, no matter what anyone else says, you know you can do it, because that one person believes in you. Abraham Lincoln once said, “I am a success today because I had a friend who believed in me, and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.”
There is another very important aspect of believing in someone. You gotta walk the talk. Don’t just say you believe in someone, show you believe in someone. When we did our web shows we had countless people say, “I believe in you. Good luck with the show”, but the ones that really made an impact were the ones who showed they believed in us by donating to our cause. So, when you tell someone you believe in them, show your belief in them, too. If you really believe in someone, you’re going to invest your time, resources, and energy into that person. When you show someone you believe in them, you’re telling them that they are worth the sacrifice you are making for them.
So, if we want our friends and family members to be world-changers, we have to show that we believe in them. Teenagers, go to your little siblings’ games and be their biggest fan. Parents, I know it means a lot to me when my parents invest their time in me. Students, teachers, teammates, friends, we all have someone that we can pour into and show we believe in them.
I am sure there are some people reading this blog thinking that no one believes in them. I have friends that have horrible home lives, and they do not have anyone at home who is telling them that they can do anything they set their minds to. However, do you realize that the God of the universe believes in you? Yes, he does. He thinks you are so valuable that He sent His only Son to die for you. God does not just say He believes in you, He showed He believed in you with the priceless blood of Christ. God is your biggest supporter. When we have His Spirit in us, we are unstoppable. God doesn’t just encourage us, He gives us His Spirt to help us actually accomplish all that He calls us to do.
So, I urge you to just pick someone and show them that you believe in them. If we want people to do things with excellence, then we must show the people around us that we believe in them.
If you have any questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or just leave a comment below. Thanks for reading and have a blessed week.