“One person is of more value than a world.”
At the beginning of August I spent a week with the Sisters of the Good Shepherd. This quote, their motto I suppose, was drilled into my head throughout the week. This idea has really made me rethink my approach to service. I’ve always been about helping the disadvantaged masses; “saving the world”. This statement presents a revolutionary idea though. What if instead of trying to help as many people as possible, we instead concentrated on making a real and lasting difference in one person’s life? It seems that an accomplishment such as this would have just as much, if not more value.
This idea stems from the parable that the mission of the Sisters is based on: the parable of the Good Shepherd. In the parable the Shepherd is willing to leave 99 sheep to look for 1 lost one. It’s all about finding that one person who would otherwise be lost in the system and helping them. As a future teacher, I believe that this idea is central to my job. I want to be able to help each and every one of my students succeed and be the absolute best version of themselves.
Now that I’m back at school I’ve been trying to live out this idea that one person is of more value. I’m still trying to save the world, but perhaps just one person at a time.