live your passion

We all think that the things we are passionate about are more important than the things that other people are passionate about. I am amazed at how loyal New England Patriots fans are. They brag about their team. They trash talk about other teams. Many of them behave as though their support is in some way connected to the team’s success. They are passionate!

Live your passion!

At the risk of sounding sanctimonious, I am passionate about helping needy kids. And that passion is growing. In fact, I get a little frustrated when people I know don’t seem to give a rip that there are starving kids in the world. But then I remind myself that I am not as passionate about other very important issues. Recovery ministry is awesome and extremely important – but I am not consumed with a desire to get involved. I care a lot about race-relations issues. But I do not wake up in the middle of the night thinking and praying about it. Even pro-life work, as extremely necessary as it is, doesn’t dominate my thinking. But feeding hungry kids does. While my heart-beat seems to me to trump your heart-beat, that kind of thinking is counterproductive

I will do my best not to continue to bombard you with blog posts and facebook posts and reminders about the work of International Orphan Support (OK – shameless self-promotion!). But be aware. If you want to know what gets my motor running, I’ll be glad to tell you.

The picture above is a group of 8 siblings who, on Friday night, were brought to the Casa Shalom Orphanage in Guatemala. My daughter Jessica (that’s her on the right) and her husband Josh run the orphanage which has about 60 kids in it. These 8 new children were abandoned by their parents. They are malnourished and sickly. They are lice-infested and frightened. They have never been to school and they have been abused. And now the workers of Shalom have the task of trying to bring healing to them.

I can get passionate about that! In 3 weeks, we are leading a team of volunteers to Guatemala. We will meet these new children. And we hope to take new clothes and shoes to them. All but one of these kids came to the orphanage barefooted. But we plan to change that.

So, what is your passion?

Whatever is important to you, get on with it! Don’t worry if others have other passions.

Whatever God put in your heart to do, let’s get this thing done!

If you don’t have a passion, there is room to jump on board with us.

Live your passion!

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One response to “live your passion

  • James Cristantiello

    Rick,

    God’s been softening my heart for the Haitin People, more specifically the children. No place to sleep, no food, some no parents. My heart is broken. My family and I are sponsering a child, we made sure Luke and Natalie were involved in that process. We wanted them to know what was going on in Haiti and how Christ views the poor, the oppressed, the underdog. I keep seeing the children in my head and can’t help, but think that could be my children! How moving! How huge is God’s heart!

    Gretchn and I have been discussing our 15 year anniversry, and I told Gretchen that we couldn’t discuss going any type of vacation for our 15 year until we discussed some plans to help some how in Haiti. I just couldn’t stand it. Woke up last night thinking about it again…

    We’re sponsoring a child and possibly some more through my work possibly. Also, Chick-fil-A has plans to go on a building project in the Fall. I’m excited about the possisbilities!!

    Thanks for the passion! Good point…

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