Impact. This is something we try to teach our kids in debate. Champion debaters are tasked with changing the status quo by presenting a plan to judges. One of the more difficult things to emphasize is impact: what great things will come about with your proposed change? And sometimes from the adverse perspective: what negative impact will the world experience if the plan were passed? Good debaters will face these questions in order to be persuasive.

This is a good question for life. “What do I need for impact?”

I asked this questions years ago when I contemplated taking the next step in my education: a master’s degree. My logical avenues were education or communications. I instead chose the path that would lead to greater impact, a more practical road. I needed to learn the business of my calling. I wasn’t being led to educate or be the big communicator; I was being led to be the organizer and coordinator of others.

To a large extent, that’s exactly what I do today: I run the business of training minds for action. I’m the president of Training Minds Ministry and I am currently nailing down the final details for four debate camps. If you want to get your child involved in a wholesome academic activity, be sure to check out speech and debate through Training Minds Ministry.

But that’s not what I’m really getting at here. “What do you need for impact?” is my question.

Stay with me here, I’m going to get real deep real fast. Academic debate trains people to think a certain way. Impact should be at the forefront of parents’ minds when choosing the course for their family. What impacts will their choice of education have? How will their choice to love another child impact their lives? What impact is their home having on this world currently? What changes need to happen to increase the impact they have in the world?

These are good questions. Sometimes the expected or simpler route isn’t the path to making a difference in the world. In fact, it rarely is.

About Chris Jeub

Chris is the father of 16 children, busily running the family businesses and learning the depths of love along the way.