One of the primary creators of microlending, Jessica Jackley, had this to say about social entrepreneurs (those individuals with a calling to do something good for mankind): “I meet so many individuals who have great plans, but they take way too long to do anything about them.”
If you feel an irresistible urge to help others and you have an idea on how to pull it off, you have a calling to become a social entrepreneur.
If you’re taking “way too long” to execute it, here’s the reason: You have to earn a living.
Think about it.
After working 40 hours a week, most people don’t have time or energy to do what God is calling them to do. That sounds raw, but it’s true. It’s even more true when support time is factored in. Shopping for groceries, buying and washing clothes, keeping our cars running – add in these tasks, and jobs take up more like 80 hours a week.
We have 168 hours available to us each week. After allocating 80 hours to work, sleep chews up a minimum of 56 hours. That leaves 32 hours a week to execute a calling.
This is close to impossible to do. Callings require contemplation, serious quiet time, which has to be arranged. Relationship management and household chores come first, or there is no quiet time. That means our remaining stash of 32 hours is now down to a couple of hours.
And then, we’re in Jackley’s “way too long” boat.
What can be done? Crowdfunding.
Crowdfunding is a way to raise money toward a common cause from a large number of people, usually in small, affordable amounts, via the internet. It’s the second wave of the microlending movement Jackley helped start. Powered by cooperation and compassion, crowdfunding helps people raise money to execute their callings.
With its mix of cooperation and compassion, crowdfunding enacts the founding principle of all major religions: the Golden Rule. In Christianity, the Golden Rule appears this way: “Do onto others as you would have them do to you,” (Luke 6:31).
Crowdfunding is a wonderfully cool idea. On Kickstarter, the top crowdfunding platform, 44% of all new ideas are funded. In the last 6 months, 76,909 projects were posted on Kickstarter; 33,839 people are now living their dreams.
Isn’t this the way prayers are answered? God taps Person B to help Person A. Crowdfunding is much more than a wonderfully cool idea. With its alignment to the way prayers are answered, it’s a perfect match to a calling.
Is it possible to figure out what God is calling us to do, make a plan, and raise the money for it through crowdfunding in what’s left of our 32 hours a week?
Yes! Crowdfunding has taken “way too long” off the table. Now, when God calls on us to do something good, we can shift into being social entrepreneurs.