A few weeks ago, I was at the ACS Technologies Annual user conference known as Ideas to Impact. We hosted this group in Dallas, TX. It’s an action packed week with lots of education for both our clients and to be educated by them. It’s my favorite event of the year. I wanted to share a little with you.
The first contact I made after leaving the DFW airport was with my Uber driver, Samuel. He is from Nigeria and has been here 11 years. We spent the ride to the Omni Hotel discussing the poverty of his nation, the opportunity of America, and the transition that he made with his family to come to our nation. It was a reminder that we live in a great country, depsite all of our problems. Three thing that were memorable for me.
- He said he arrived in Dallas with $5 in his pocket.
- His kids were all given library cards on their first week here. He encouraged academics.
- He also said (read this in your best Nigerian accent) “What is wrong with these American kids? They need to pull their pants up and stay out of the clubs. Clubs are stupid. Academics will help my family break the poverty cycle.”
Then Friends like Glenn and Nick showed up late on Monday, without a request, and helped me (and the team) setup my room for Tuesday. These guys didn’t have to do that but they chose to assist. One is from Charleston, SC and one from California. If only we could spend more time in fellowship and growing each other. “Iron sharpens Iron”
On Tuesday, The IT roundtable kicked off. There were 10-15 people in the room (I won’t try to name them all here) that I know from years of serving alongside them. There were 25+ in the room that I’ve never met. One of those is, Duke, from Ghana. To share with you how God has already used Duke in my life will require another post. I believe his trip here has been fruitful also.
Let me tell you about John. He walked directly up to me and reminded me (although he didn’t have to remind me) that 4 years ago, I prayed with him just weeks after his wife passed away. A spiritual connection bonds you forever. It was great to see you John.
Charlene from Apex, NC took a minute to tell me that she was glad to see me. Why? Because, last year I was struggling with some personal issues and in a moment with fellow Christ-followers I felt comfortable sharing with Charlene and a group of others. She remembered and asked me how I was doing?
The stories go on and on… But let me assure you that your job can’t possibly be as awesome as mine… Period.