Last month I wrote about Lisa Fenn, Dartanyon Crockett and Leroy Sutton- the remarkable individuals from the ESPN Carry On story. On another radio program I heard a more extensive interview with Lisa. She gave more details regarding her involvement with these young men.
When Lisa arrived at the Cleveland High School to film the boys she first met the wrestling coach. He shook her hand and pulled her in a little close so he could speak privately to her. "You've been sent by God", he said. He had been praying for these boys every day that God would send something/someone to help them.
Little did Lisa know that when she saw the newspaper photo of the boys that the pull she felt was a God pull.
How cool is that? That she was willing to go with her instinct, gut, calling- whatever you might name it- and follow where it led.
Later, during the filming of the boys at a match, one of them had all their possessions stollen- wallet, phone, books, money, etc. He was devastated and mad. How could someone do that to him, when that was all he had? At that point, Lisa said she made the choice to get involved. As a journalist, she knew that her role was to just report and observe. One is not to influence the trajectory of a story but she didn't know how she couldn't. What bravery on her part to get involved, not knowing how it might turn out, not knowing if she completely compromised her journalistic integrity. But it was the right thing to do.
Got me thinking. Do I listen to the still small voice of God? Do I get involved? Am I willing to be sent by God?
What about you? Have you ever had an experience where you were placed right where you needed to be in order to help someone else? Did you weigh the costs before hand or was the pull greater than any risk?