This week I’m taking a break from stage tips to announce a new venture that offers you involvement opportunties.
For years, I’ve worked beside my pastor husband to make a difference in our tiny corner of the world. Some days the task seems overwhelming, especially when I’m called to pray with ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances. I rejoice when those under seige weather the trial and come out stronger. But I’m not sure what to do for those who give up or fail in the midst of their storm.
Why is it that two people can face the same adversity and one will flounder and the other will emerge victorious? What is the deciding factor?
I think the key is one that I’m discovering during this period of difficulty in my own life…a total reliance upon God. A belief that God is faithful, He will never leave us, He is able to do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine, and that somehow struggle makes us stronger.
Praise God if you’re not currently staring down a trial. But, be careful where you place your confidence. Unless you place your trust where it belongs—on the One who is our only security—you stand to lose everything. Sooner or later, the storms of life hit us all. Unemployment, divorce, sickness, death of a loved one. Any one of these things can send our lives spiraling out of control.
When I see humanity’s futile efforts to wage war against the onslaught—hunger, poverty, humans committing terrible atrocities against one another—I’m overwhelmed. This fallen world has more problems than one woman can handle.
Or does it?
The truth is, I can’t save every orphaned child, or rescue every woman locked in the bonds of slavery, or find permanent homes for the hundreds of thousands living in refugee camps or makeshift hovels around the world.
But I can support one orphan in Africa, or get involved with a modern-day abolitionist movement like the Polaris Project or Not for Sale, or become a foster parent or a big brother, or take a meal to a shut in and sit and talk with them, or befriend someone down on their luck. Because there are people right here in my own neighborhood and community who need help and hope.
I can do something.
We can all do something.
To encourage you to make a difference, Lisa Harris and I, who are currently writing on a medical thriller series together, have started a blog where you can share your stories. Stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things for God. We are looking for stories of people who have inspired others and then in turn, have had their own lives changed. Do you have a story about yourself or someone you know? Do you have a cause you’re passionate about that you want to share?’
Email us and we’ll let you know how you can share your story, or a story of someone you know, that will in turn inspire others and give a tangible ways of making a difference.
Here are some examples of some of our upcoming stories:
*A courageous woman gave up her sight to deliver her baby. Now she’s a right-to-life advocate speaking around the country.
*An American living in Haiti teaching at one of the schools shares her story and how we can help the Haitians.
*Slavery is not just an issue of the past. Be inspired by what people are doing today to abolish modern-day slavery.
*Learn about an innovate solution that is bringing hope to foster children.
What inspires you?
Inspire. Be Inspired.