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Something to Think About: Making A Difference

Op/Ed By Michael Vaughn


new michael vaughnIt’s not difficult to see the bad things going on around us, including shootings, disease, poor educational systems, robberies, vandalism, etc.

All you have to do is turn on the evening news, look at the newspaper, or, in this day and age, see what is happening on Facebook.

However, it is looking for the good things that takes some diligence, and digging.

That is why I’d like to share with you the results of what I’d like to call a “divine” encounter.

A dear friend introduced my wife and I, and our ministry, to a young man we now know as “Marvelous Marvin.

He performs spoken word poetry, which he writes as an expression of where he comes from, coupled with his relationship with God.

It was great meeting this young man, and having him share his gift with us.

A few weeks ago, I ran into him again, during a chicken run at my family’s favorite chicken restaurant (fried chicken is one of my favorite foods and, in this case, it allowed me to re-establish my acquaintance with “Marvelous Marvin”).

When I ran into him, he mentioned to me that he now has a group called “It Takes a Village (I.T.A.V.).”

This is a group of young people he has trained and worked with to do spoken word, as well as skits.

These young people go around town sharing their gifts and talents, which takes them away from the things that may have otherwise caused them to miss out on the potential they have within.

I believe “Marvelous Marvin” is swimming upstream.

He is making a difference in the lives of these young people, and showing them they have more to offer the world than what the streets may have to provide.

And, he is making this difference with a positive, Christ-centered message.

The one thing Marvin has said repeatedly is that he accepts all young folks, and they become family.

This is an awesome effort, because it takes a lot of energy to move from talking about a problem, to actually stepping up and doing something about the problem.

Marvin is making a difference that will impact these young folks, as well as those with whom they have been sharing their gifts.

This is an example of less talking, and more doing.

It is something all of us should try to emulate.

Talk is cheap; it is working hard  that is the difficult part.

Any time you work with young people, and present a message that allows them to buy into your vision; you have laid the appropriate groundwork for your cause.

If you are interested in seeing this “family” minister their gift; “Marvelous Marvin” and I.T.A.V perform live every second Sunday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at 480 E. Main St.

This show is something that, if you have the chance to see it, will be well worth it.

The fact that there are young people from various walks of life sharing their gifts, and supporting each other, is wonderful.

This is where lives are changed, and hope is given, where opportunities are birthed, and where differences are being made!

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