International flights are my opportunity to have personal time - rarely does my scheduling allow for eight to ten hours of reading and reflecting. Since most books seems to market to a 220 page length, my present level of reading and comprehension lends itself to throwing a couple of those open to complete.
The flight from Frankfurt to Denver was my opportunity to read InSignificant: Why you matter in the way God is changing the World, by Chris Travis.
The author records his two years of teaching math in what was categorized as one of the toughest schools in the nation, in the inner city of Harlem. The tension between student and teacher - disrespect, abuse, pride, fighting - the worst side of the human condition played out in the classroom and school environment.
Chris shares his vulnerability and struggles as he seeks to make a positive impact. His frustration and the resulting changes to his heart and soul make this a valuable read.
Chapters deal with Power, Service, Generosity, Dependence, Love and other core values. Some of the stories brought a smile to my soul, some made me cry.
My takeaway from the helpful book is that those who want to leave a legacy, a positive change in a dysfunctional world, will find it more challenging than they could imagine. There will be great self-doubt in the process that makes a person question motives and personal determination.
Pastor, church-planter - you will find the book personally rewarding should you pick up a copy.