Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. -Francis of Assisi
Inspire Good, Motivate Change, Challenge the Norm – Kyrie Coffee exists to extend love and mercy in order to make an impact both locally and globally.
That is, in sentence form, what Kyrie is all about. We will soon be launching a campaign… a platform… in order to inspire, motivate, and challenge the average, every day individual to be a world-changer. Francis of Assisi said it so well, changing the world starts small. It starts with the necessary and ends up being profound.
Doing something significant doesn’t require incredible talent. Extensive wealth and prominence is not a prerequisite either. Age, race, size, gender, IQ, background; none of these are qualifications for world-changers. World-changers are people who do what is necessary, they do all they can possibly do, and continue doing it even when they don’t think they are making a difference. I don’t think they really intend to be a world-changer, they are just doing what they have to do.
Dranafile was an Albanian woman in the early 1900’s. She was a loving wife and mother whose life calling was to be the best wife and mother she could be. She knew the power a mother has. She had the power of life, love, and raising children to follow in that path of love. In 1919, Dranafile tragically lost her husband to illness. He was a well respected man in their community and was also very involved in leading his family in faith and in love. It was a devastating time for the family, as any loss is. There she stood, a widow, with young children, all alone. The circumstances appeared impossible.
But Dranafile did what she had to do. She did what was necessary. Perhaps she held onto the late nights, lying in bed, talking with her husband about the parents they would be, and when the children came, the people those babies would become. Perhaps she would pause in different rooms of her home and remember the life lessons, the words of wisdom, her husband shared with their children. Raising her children to be people of relentless faith and unconditional love was absolutely necessary. So that is what she did.
Following the passing of her beloved husband, Dranafile found ways to show her children the way of love. Money was scarce, very scarce, but love is not measured in dollars and cents anyhow. Dranafile opened her home to the city’s destitute with an open invitation to come and dine with her family daily. “My child, never eat a single mouthful unless you are sharing it with others,” she would say to her daughter. To her young daughter this was a little strange. “Who are these people mother?” Dranafile’s daughter would ask. The child’s questions did not bother Dranafile, after all, she was teaching her daughter a way of life. She would answer, “Some of them are our relations, but all of them are our people.”
What a lesson for a child to learn. Dranafile’s commitment to feeding the destitute sounds incredible to us, but she was only doing what she thought was necessary, yes to care for the poor, but more than that, to teach her daughter to care for the poor. She did what was possible, maybe even more. But inevitably she did the impossible. You may not recognize Dranafile’s name or story, but I am sure you know her daughter Agnes, better known as Mother Teresa. No one would deny Mother Teresa was a world-changer, but she emerged from the shadow of another great world-changer, her mother, Dranafile.
Dalayna is the founder of Kyrie Coffee and creator of kyriecoffee.wordpress.com. She is a youth pastor by trade and Christ-follower at heart. She is passionate about impacting the world with the message of Jesus and inspiring change in lives and in the world however possible. Dalayna loves coffee, adventures, criminal shows, Taylor Swift, creating, growing, and people.