Seeking Signs

About six months ago, I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. The organization that guided us to the summit had a very unique business model. If you climbed Kili with them, the money left over after expenses would go directly towards funding a Christian College in Tanzania for kids who couldn’t afford schooling. Not a bad deal right? Climb Kili, help kids go to school. Boom deal closed.

One night we went out to dinner with the founder, Meleck. He shared with us a story that I know is going to have a profound impact on your life.

He knew God had called him to build a school. How did he know? Because it was his dream. Before one brick had been laid Meleck raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from investors all over the world to build this school. He was three months away from launching with new students when he went to the bank account to find a ZERO balance. After a careful investigation, Meleck discovered that the government had stolen his money in an effort to stop him from building a Christian college.

Meleck went into a furious spiral of confusion, anger, frustration, hopelessness and fear. For two days he hid not knowing what to do and where to go. His investors were bombarding him with calls and emails asking what had happened to their donations. Then, in an instant, he chose faith,  stood up and said, “Nothing is going to stop me from fulfilling God’s plan.”

Determined, Meleck went to each of the vendors he had contracted to build the school, demanding that they complete the work he had contracted them for. When they asked for the down payment money he simply said, “I don’t have it, and I don’t know when I am going to have it, and I don’t want you to come asking for it because I don’t know when I can get it, but I swear on my life, I will pay you.” From the flooring to the roofing, each contractor completed the work they had been asked to do, without being paid. The school was built in three months and launched on time. One week after the completion, Meleck went to the bank and the stolen money had been returned. One of the ministers of finance for the country discovered what had taken place and went to battle for Meleck to return every penny to his mission.

As we were sitting at dinner and I heard this heroic story of faith, I was exploding inside. There was one thing that I couldn’t get over. Why didn’t he just take it as a sign that if he had the lost the money, then maybe the school wasn’t part of God’s plan? Why didn’t he take the investor’s bombarding him as a sign that this wasn’t God’s will?

I asked Him the question, “When all of this happened, why didn’t you take it as a sign to give up… to quit?”  He smiled, looked at me and said, “because I have faith, I don’t need signs.”

How often in your life are you turning to the world, God, your work, basically anything you can tangibly see for a sign? How often do you feel stuck in the position you’re in, simply because you’re waiting for a sign?

Let me share with you this: Faith is believing in and for what you cannot see. If you could see every sign and knew every step, then you wouldn’t need faith to take the first leap.

It’s time to stop seeking a sign for everything we do or taking everything that happens to us as a sign for what we should or shouldn’t move forward in. Everything comes back to the dream in your heart, the faith in your spirit and the trust you choose to move into your purpose.

The best is coming for your life,

Ben