This has been a fun adventure getting Big-Hearted started. I had this idea about a year ago and I sat on it, to let it gel. In the last few months, things started to fall into place and doors started opening. I was inspired to launch this through my faith, a few books (Restless by Jennie Allen & Daring Greatly by Brene Brown), and the leaders I have met with non-profits or companies that give back. This blog is about the leaders in our communities who have seen a need and have not just discussed it, but did something about it. These are the people who have not sat on the sidelines but have dared greatly. I have found that these individuals have used their passions, faith, character, past experiences, and talents to accomplish a great purpose to help others.
When reading through the Old Testament of the Bible, we learn of such a man. Nehemiah saw a problem and was distressed. Instead of complaining or wallowing, he took action. God prepared and positioned Nehemiah to accomplish one of the Bible’s “impossible” tasks.
“Big-Hearted” looks at the Nehemiahs in our communities. Each month I will interview the founders of non-profits or companies that give back to find out what motivated them: what allowed them to dare greatly, what obstacles they face, where they get their stamina to continue, and what they hope to accomplish. I will learn from them how they identified problems within their communities and had the ability to make the changes needed. I hope to discover, how we can take the cataracts off our souls and see the world around us differently.
Bighearted also gives back! In March 2016, I launched Scripture Clings. A set of 12 business card size repositionable vinyl Bible verse that will adhere to just about any surface and can be easily removed and reapplied up to 5 times. A percentage of each sale goes toward the purchase of a 3-in-1 crib that will be donated to a pregnant mom in need.
This idea came to me after studying Priscilla Shirer's Armor of God Bible Study. She challenged her readers to find a strategic place to put God's word so you could have it on hand throughout the day. I immediately thought of my windshield, since I am in my car all the time. I had a light bulb moment! What if I could develop a repositionable adhesive business card with Biblical Scriptures that would cling to your windshield or anywhere? The birth of Scripture Clings!
I knew giving back must be a part of my business plan because I have discovered so much from the amazing people and organizations I have meet writing Bighearted. After volunteering for 7 years as a mentor for women with unplanned pregnancies that have chosen life, I have seen how the gift of a baby bed can transform the lives of these new moms. What a great gift for a new mom and her baby, a new crib that will eventually be converted into a toddler bed.