Connecting via Question of the Year
What does it look like when you do what the world most needs you to do? What is the best self you bring to your work?
Every day we ask these kinds of questions. Here are a few of the best answers we have heard.
The world needs me to stay positive and open to listening to opposing viewpoints for the purpose of finding a middle ground. Seek first to understand before trying to be understood!
“My little part of the world needs me to be faithful to my calling to help congregations discern the pastors God is preparing for them.”
~Sam Hamstra, Jr.
Executive Search Consultant
What the world needs me to do is to help people remember their True Nature, and to be a source of peace and strength for any and all who need it.
~Rebecca Ryan, APF
NEXT Generation Consulting, Inc.
The world needs me to do the best I am able right where I am. My mission/ministry may not be big and grand, but caring for my family, my children, and the people around me can still make a difference. Loving people well, being willing to be vulnerable, being a safe place for the hurting and lost. Those are things I have the ability to do right where I am today and I pray God gives me the grace to glorify Him in everything I do.
Warm Beach Camp & Conference Association
“What does the world most need me to do? I suppose it would be to connect with my donors that care for our sisters and brothers in the furthest corners of the world, and let them know the impact they can have through their generosity. Especially in a time that we are in right now, where LWR and IMA World Health are perfectly positioned to be a major player in limiting the outbreak of Covid-19 in Africa, and create the health care systems to care for those that are infected. I feel fortunate to be perfectly positioned as I am.”
Donor Advisor / Regional Representative
Lutheran World Relief
- Love my neighbor. Exhibit true compassion
- Be curious. Seek to understand – get to Why
- Serve – with no expectation other than acting to benefit others
- And finally, embrace discomfort, wherein lies my learning opportunity
Gary Hubbell Consulting
“Help donors increase their joy in giving so that charities can do what they do best.”
Chairman & Co-Founder
“Be the hands and feet of Christ and make the world a slightly better place because I was a part of it.”
~Ann L. Vazquez
President & CEO
Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis
“The world needs me to lead with passion, love for my community, and exercising of empathy.
To first listen critically- seeking understanding before responding with raw reaction.
The world most needs me to be a bridge to help bring unity in the midst of historic division, and strive to be consistent in these ideals daily.”
Service Delivery Manager
CTO Service Delivery
“The world needs Christ… so they would need me to be best example of His love and truth so they have the opportunity to be drawn closer to Christ.”
President & CEO
Kusel Equipment Co,
“Building a new school in urban and rural areas is transformative. Teachers and students alike appear to have new life breathed into them when they begin working within an environment that’s conducive to their specific needs. It is extremely enlightening and rewarding to see this happen, knowing we played a role in making it possible.”
Director of Business Development
“What the world needs me most to do is to use all the gifts, education, connections, and resources that God has placed at my disposal to forever change the world of those who serve others.”
Founder/Senior Fellow for Philanthropy Innovation
Superintendent, St. Marcus School
“What the world most needs me to do is to know the Word of God and live it, bearing good fruit by the power of the Holy Spirit. I believe the world needs to see God’s love and the truth of his Word lived out in the lives of believers. Not politics, not a slogan, not an agenda, nor pious platitudes, but humble followers of Jesus who live to serve others and glorify God.”
“The world needs me to find the places of hope and goodness so that I am better able to share those in return. The world, both in the local sense and the global sense, needs people to exhale more hope and positivity. If all we are doing is taking in the bad, and listening to the negativity around us, all we are really able to do is exhale that same sentiment. If we work to see the good and hope around us we are in a much better place to exhale some of that goodness and hopefulness.”
Owner, Kairos and Associates
“The world needs me to volunteer for more hours to get unregistered voters registered.”
“The world most needs me to follow my passion for writing. I have found the most fulfillment and experienced the most passion when I’ve had the regular opportunity to interview people, capture their stories, and share them with wide and diverse audiences. The world’s under-served and under-privileged can always use more advocates. Advocacy through storytelling is what I hope to do throughout the rest of my career, God willing!”
“I think the world most needs me to motivate. Whether personally or professionally, I see the most common demand around me to be a motivator in relationships. “
~Josh Filo, Head of Business Development, TESCHGlobal
“I believe the world needs me to listen to stories, carefully and reflectively; and then to help find meaning and purpose from the stories told. This is what the world needs: understanding that comes through truly caring and listening to others who make up this world. I’m told I bring a calmness to circumstances. I’m grateful for that gift and will do so as long as the LORD allows. I think the world needs me to bring that calm, as well.”
-Nancy Leafblad, Pastoral Care Services Coordinator (Chaplain), Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center
“My satisfaction in the world comes not from the doing, but from the act of recruiting, mentoring and organizing a group to accomplish amazing results that none of us could have pulled off, by ourselves. I think that it is my highest and best use. I don’t want to be presumptuous but the world needs people focused not just on how to get through challenges, but to inspire a vision of a new way to think about the work and the world on the other side of challenges. Let go of the burden and race on to the new and different future. I’m actually getting paid to have this much fun.”
~Craig McGarry, Executive Vice President, Core Bank
“I’d say, to love God while living out my calling.”
~Greg Leith, CEO, Convene Business Performance + Eternal Perspective
“I feel what the world most needs me to do today is that I continue to encourage and provide resources for leaders to take care of themselves spiritually, emotionally, and physically in order to lead and serve others well! We need leaders who “put on their own oxygen mask first” and lead from a solid foundation of health and resiliency. As COVID continues to wreak havoc on individuals spiritually, emotionally, and physically, all (and we are all leaders) need to be proactive in these key areas.”
~Greg Schmill, Ministry Leadership Director, Grace in Action
“I am working my hardest to answer how to best serve nonprofits who are forced to pivot their programming due to COVID-19. In this fast-paced, unprecedented time, how can I have the most value add during the unknown? How can I support their efforts rather than resorting to best practices when that might not be the best answer?”
~Kenda Lovecchio, Founder, Kenda Lovecchio Consulting
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