Not long after my record label shut its doors, I traveled to Ethiopia with Wess. Over breakfast one morning I told him I thought I was done with music. He suggested otherwise. He suggested I keep singing, keep traveling, keep speaking for Compassion’s children. Wess saw ability in me when I didn’t, saw a future where I saw failure, saw usefulness when I felt useless.
He smiled and spoke direction and courage into me over scrambled eggs and coffee. It only took a minute.
Wess Stafford is the president of Compassion International. He’s written about the potential of a minute in his latest book Just a Minute, a collection of stories illustrating the power big people have to change the lives of little ones. (He even included a story of mine.)
Every minute with a child is a God given opportunity and this book shows how people just like us have made the most of them. As Wess writes, “I have become convinced that if God stands a child before you, for even just a minute, it is a divine appointment.”