“The trip was great. Everything about it was top notch… the people we met were amazing, and the work we saw was impressive, it was all very moving. I wasn’t disappointed in any way. But – I can’t say it was life-changing.”
I’ve been hosting groups and individuals on sojourners to meet the poor and marginalized, around the world and domestically for over three decades. Travelers embark with all sorts of expectations and their reactions to the experience run the gamut. A few weeks after returning from our trip to Africa, the sincere traveler above lamented that his life wasn’t changed by the experience.
But let’s think about that term life-changing. What does it really mean? And more importantly, how does it actually happen? Is it even possible for a one-time experience to change our lives?
I’m confident that the answer is yes. But I’m even more certain that most of us are thinking about it—and going about it—the wrong way.
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