A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine introduced me to a short documentary entitled “Billions in Change”.
Here is the video:
The documentary features 5-Hour Energy founder and multi-billionaire, Manoj Bhargava, and his movement called Billions in Change, hence the film title. Through out the film he talks about making a long and lasting impact in the world.
Bhargava, who is said to have a net worth of $4 billion, shared his principle when it comes to his philanthropy. He said that it has to have meaning. One question that he asks is, “How can I make a sizable difference in alleviating human suffering?”
This documentary definitely made me think. It made me think of why I wanted to work, and why I wanted to earn money and accumulate wealth. Was it so that I could buy nice and expensive things for myself? To live comfortably? Or maybe to have that feeling of security?
The very next day after watching the documentary, I read a chapter of John Piper’s book entitled Don’t Waste Your Life. In the book John Piper writes:
“Labor to love people and honor God. Think of new ways that your work can bless people. Stop thinking mainly of profitability, and think mainly of how helpful your product or service can become.”
John Piper and Billions in Change have really encouraged me to have an intentional mindset of making it a goal to help others. You don’t have to invent these big, technological-advanced machines like Bhargava’s team or donate big amounts of money (but if you can, why not?). All we have to do is to do our part, whether big or small, to help others.
I’ll end with a short verse found in the book of 2 Corinthians. It says:
“You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.”
We are blessed to bless others. So that in our blessing of others, God will be glorified.