As I reflect on the last few days in Bangalore, and I realize I have been candid, perhaps too candid. My words reflected dreams I see in action. The action of one gives me reason to believe.
Ten years ago, I met an idealistic woman with a vision of helping the slum children of Bangalore. When we talked then, I sensed a conviction of purpose. Her mission was grounded and realistic. Yet, the odds were overwhelming.
As I look now and reflect, I find myself energized for the future. Against overwhelming odds, one person can make a difference. When one offers hope, others follow. When communities commit themselves, especially when it involves bringing opportunity to children, a Spirit joins their efforts. Today, 1,100 children are in school. In the reality of an average monthly family income of $17.50 (56 cents a day), the kids are articulate and engaged. Others might see them as slum kids. They see themselves as members of society that can make a difference. They are competitive in academics. The trophies from athletic competition are growing. They are contributing in the arts as well.
Without apologies, I see this potential in everyone I met in Bangalore. My candor reflected this belief. It is not as if I do not see the potential in other places, I do. What is unique is the energy in reaching beyond the present into More.
Some think that my candor is partially clichés to motivate. I wish I had different words. They are the best ones I have found that fit. They are infused with truth and empowerment. They contain something that we had but we seem to have misplaced.
In a very different era, a man stood under question. His candor revealed his heart.
“I do freely admit this: In regard to the Way, which they malign as a dead-end street, I serve and worship the very same God served and worshiped by all our ancestors and embrace everything written in all our Scriptures.” (Acts 24.14)
I hope my words tell of the possibilities that I see.