A celebration of last Saturday night and excitement for what’s to come.
Regardless of where the event is, how large the group is, or what the makeup of the crowd is, I love the audiences we get to serve.
By the end of our brief time together, there is always a connection, always a bond. That shared experience and exchange of energy is what makes this work truly life-giving. It’s also why I leave each room with more friends than when I walked in.
So to describe the feeling I had this weekend taking the stage at On Fire For Good, looking out at an audience that I ALREADY know and love as friends, and knowing that thousands more were watching from their own homes (enough to freakin’ break the internet!) is difficult to put into words. But I’ll try.
- I glimpsed siblings that traveled to support me (even though I told them not to).
- I saw dear friends I’ve known for decades.
- Families I’ve bonded with by raising our kids together.
- Neighbors that will never truly know how much they’ve mattered to me.
- Past audience members who have become true friends.
- Clients that have become confidants.
It was emotional. It was humbling. And it was validation.
Validation of what I’ve talked about from the stage and the message I’ve written about, podcasted about and that will soon be the emotional center of a full-length feature film: That we can all—every single one of us–be used for good.
I didn’t come to this realization as a giver of support, but rather the recipient of it.
As a broken little boy, I received love I could never repay; as a struggling young person, support I could never have imagined; and as a man in a world that seems desperate to divide and demoralize, encouragement to keep going.
Little by little, difficulty by difficulty, I witnessed the profound effect of sacrifice, faithfulness, commitment, and selfless love. Tiny deeds and giant gestures modeled by others literally saved my life.
I will never tire of telling the story of how people have shown up for me. Nor will I tire of hearing from others about the ones who did the same for them.
It’s why we hosted the event Saturday night. Not merely to feel the creative rush of starting something from nothing or simply to kick off the holiday season feeling something other than drained or even just to give you something fun to do on a Saturday night. (Although we did accomplish all those things in the process!).
We hosted this event because we wanted to manifest a version of a world where the individuals who have shown up for YOU are celebrated like the Jack freakin’ Bucks they are. And we want to do it with you.
We have so much more to share with you about how you can help us do just that in 2024. But for now, I’ll say this. Take a deep breath and get ready. If Saturday night was a spark, the months ahead will be fireworks. On Fire For Good and On Fire the movie launch with one mission in mind: to remind others of the power to positively change lives, starting with their own.
If you were there in the room with us at the first ever On Fire For Good, know I’ll always be grateful seeing you smiling back at me. If you watched online, know that the idea that we brought love and light into your home brings us more gratitude than you will ever know. And if you weren’t able to join, know that you’ll have an opportunity to experience it soon.
Friends, I love you and there is nothing you can do about it. Let’s continue the work of reminding the world that the most powerful weapon on earth is the human spirit on fire.
I’m On Fire For Good. Are you?
At our On Fire For Good event, we celebrated the impact of the individuals who had been a force for good in our lives. It was a beautiful reminder that when we allow ourselves to be used for good in little and big ways, it can transform lives—starting with our own. Our commitment to elevating the stories of individuals doing that won't end just because the event is behind us. Once a month beginning in January, we’re going to inspire you with a beautiful story of service, and we want your help in doing so. Help us celebrate those who asks themselves ‘what more can I do?’ and then act on it. On Fire For Good was never just an event, but rather a mindset and the beating heart of our mission here at Live Inspired from day one. Visit www.OnFireForGood.com for more information on how to nominate someone who is On Fire For Good in your community!