Last blog, I wrote about the death of Rebecca Jeanne Gore, a nineteen year old woman I recently met. The weekend I met Becca things were pretty hectic, so while I got a chance to talk with her a little bit, I didn’t get an opportunity to know her in any sort of depth.
It took her death to do that.
Rebecca’s obituary in the Nacogdoches (TX) Daily Sentinel is there for anyone to read (http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailysentinel/obituary.aspx?n=rebecca-jeanne-gore&pid=151756836). If you look at it, I’m willing to bet you’ll be as stunned as I was.
Let me give you a recap:
In nineteen short years, Becca (having been home schooled) began college during her sophomore year of high school (yes, you read that right), majoring in criminal justice and psychology. She was an intern with the Nacogdoches Police Department, helping the officers with incidental tasks in order to free them up for other work.
She pursued an interest in equine assisted therapy. Her dream was to work for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency as a means to fight human sex trafficking. With that in mind, she began her own ministry — Rendered Hope Outreach (http://renderedhope.org) — whose main goal is to help the homeless and stop sex trafficking.
Wow. All in 19 years. The thought leaves me impressed . . . stunned . . . and humbled. I’ve lived almost three times as long as Becca. What have I contributed to the world? What have any of us?
Becca’s favorite quote comes from Helen Keller: “I may be one, but I am one. I may not be able to do everything, but I can do something.”
Too often when we think about all the things that need to be done in this world — save the environment, feed hungry children, stop war, fight prejudice, the list goes on and on. We become overwhelmed by the sheer enormity and then choose to do nothing. Many of us think, “I’m only one person. What good can I do?”
Well, the beauty if it is that you don’t have to do ALL of it. Pick one thing (or two or three, if you feel particularly motivated) and do that. Volunteer at your local hospital, nursing home, Hospice, animal shelter, community kitchen, or school. Plant trees. Clean up a beach or state park. Embrace a green lifestyle. Practice random acts of kindness. There are myriad ways of contributing to life on dear old Mother Earth.
In honor of Rebecca, which will yours be?