There are certain things in our life that we truly care about, that ignite passion, that keep us awake as we ponder the possibilities. I watched Lorax for the first time this past weekend and I love the story about how Ted, out of his desire to give his crush Audrey a special gift, discovers something that is missing from Thneedsville. Thneedsville represents a lot about the world we live in today and I love what Dr. Seuess reveals in this story about a fictitious place.
The movie ends with the quote pictured above, which at its core is the essence of change in our world. When we see someone truly passionate and excited about something, their commitment leads them to inspiring change! What is it you care a whole awful lot about? Because you do care a lot about something! Has your care for that something led to improvement or change? There are many times that we find ourselves caring about something that we would like to see change, yet our desire for that change fades away. It fades away because life happens. Don’t let life as defined by those around us diminish our care for something becoming better.
I think about this often, the care that I have for our leadership of students. This morning men of Hope Ankeny were discussing the model of discipleship that Jesus gives to us and I continually think about how many of us miss the opportunity for having someone pour into us like Jesus did his disciples. At the core of the ministries I lead, I believe lasting impact on future generations will come from a discipleship model where we intentionally invest ourselves into the lives of others, which means we as individuals have to sacrifice ourselves at times to serve others. This model from the Bible is one which carries through all spheres of influence from parents, to business leaders, to coaches, to ministry leaders. Discipleship is all about caring for something “a whole awful lot” which results in the lives of others getting better. When I think about better, I don’t mean in a prideful kind of way, I don’t mean in a worldly or materialistic kind of way, I mean in a way that helps us live within our circumstances with an eternal perspective, that what we do on this earth has implications beyond our own life!
I am going to continue to “care a whole awful lot” about raising up others to a life that leads to generational change. You too have something you “care a whole awful lot” about, do you know what it is? What are you doing to bring change, to make that something better? What impact will that have on the lives of others? Will it lead to lasting change? For the town of Thneedsville it did, it led to new life, a better life. It opened the eyes of the people and was all a result of someones never ending desire to make something better. I love how as the story plays out, Ted’s first desire of dating Audrey led to a realization that there was a greater need of others and as he lived for that and impacted change, his original desire was fulfilled. He delivered the tree that not only Audrey desired, but all of Thneedsville desired…THE TREE OF LIFE! What seed will you plant and let grow because you care a whole awful lot?
Another clip that I couldn’t embed…http://www.wingclips.com/movie-clips/the-lorax/let-it-grow