Recently, a woman by the name of Phyllis Wills passed away.

Type her name into Google, and you’ll find nothing about her. Ask people on the street about her, and you’ll find no body knew her. In fact the only person I know who knows much about Phyllis is my dad.

About 21 years ago, in response to a desperate phone call from a drunken and depressed man who had reached the end of himself along with his wife, Phyllis went down to their home with curlers still in her hair (as she was mid-perm at the point of the phone call), and spent time counselling them. That was the night that my family became Christians, when I was 5 years old.

My dad knew Phyllis because when he was 3 years old, he was run over in a car accident. The doctors told his mother (my grandmother) that he wouldn’t make it through the night, so she went to the local church and it was Phyllis who prayed with her late at night that my dad wouldn’t die. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know what happened!

The point was that she was there for him. She mattered.

The reason why I write this is it’s just one way that someone has effected my life – without whom I wouldn’t even exist. In other words, Phyllis mattered to my life. My life was built on her contribution.

Your Leading Thoughts

  • Who Is Your Phyllis Wills? Take a moment to share someone who mattered to you – we’d like to get to know you better.
  • If you haven’t had this challenge issued to you already today – take a moment and matter to someone this weekend.

Archived Comments

  • http://twitter.com/Malcolm12boxes Malcolm Sleath

    Thanks Scott.

  • / Scott Gould


  • http://treypennington.com treypennington

    You don’t have to rank on the first page of Google to matter. One person making a difference for one person one time can make a difference for thousands over a lifetime.

  • / Scott Gould

    Totally :-)