“Let God turn your mess into your message!” – Unknown
1) Let your past mistakes guide you to your true purpose in life.
2) Allow your Divine Purpose to take you into the service of others.
3) Watch miracles happen as you share your story with others.
Maybe the most transformational and inspirational story I have heard is the story of how a twenty-three-year-old English teacher at by the name of Erin Gruwell whose sense of purpose inspired her to drastically transform the lives of her “un-teachable, at-risk” students.
Many of her class members were involved in gangs, and had experienced the horrors of gang violence on a daily basis. One day she intercepted a note being passed in her class with an ugly racial caricature, and angrily declared that this was precisely the sort of thing that led to the Holocaust—only to be met by uncomprehending looks. Surprisingly these inner-city kids knew nothing about the Holocaust.
Because she was so aligned with her life’s purpose, she took on two additional jobs in order to come up with the money to purchase the treasured books Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and Zlata’s Diary and A Child’s Life in Sarajevo for each class member. She continued working the extra jobs and used the money to take her kids on life-changing educational field trips.
In an effort to help her students feel understood for the problems they face she got each of them to write in a journal about the troubles of their past, present and future. She said that she wouldn’t read then unless the students wanted her too, to her surprise, they all elected to have their journals read.
This was the beginning of an eye-opening, spirit-raising odyssey against intolerance and misunderstanding, as they learned to see the parallels in these books to their own lives, recording their thoughts and feelings in diaries.
When Ms. Gruwell taught her class about Miep Gies, the courageous Dutch woman who sheltered the Frank family, the kids raised funds through a “Read-a-thon for Tolerance” to make it possible for her to visit them in California, where she declared that Erin Gruwell’s students were “the real heroes.”
Their efforts have paid off spectacularly, both in terms of recognition—appearances on “Prime Time Live” and “All Things Considered,” coverage in People magazine, a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley—and educationally. All 150 Freedom Writers have graduated from high school and are now attending college.
Ms Grewell’s alignment with Divine Purpose turned the mess of these student’s lives into their message!
This story is a great example of how whatever we continue to focus on expands in our lives. It doesn’t matter if it’s hate and intolerance, or amazing acts of heroism. Whatever we focus on it with any amount of regularity, will continue to expand, strengthening its existence and attracting even more of it into our lives. This is how transformation occurs.
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