Last night, I spoke for the Comfort Care Women’s Health annual fundraising banquet. Their financial goal was $30k. Amazingly, they received $53,000 in one time donations, plus monthly pledges! Hats off to President/CEO Sommer Hansen, the CCWH board of directors, staff members, volunteers, and givers. That event was well planned and perfectly executed… a tremendous success, well done!
My speech was be powerful, although I ran out of time and trimmed a few defining points. It was sloppy for last ten minutes, but God still seemed to greatly stir those great people for the cause we all represented. To God be the glory.
The highlight of last night for me was connecting with Dr. Marsh and realizing that he is the doctor who treated both of my grandparents right up to the day of their deaths.
Dr. Marsh is one of the most selfless men I’ve ever met. He’s a doctor who actually does what he does because he wants to alleviate the sufferings of people. His story reminds me of something I read about Mother Teresa.
When she was only 18 years of age, In December 1928 she began her journey to India and continued to Darjeeling, at the base of the Himalayan Mountains, where she would continue her training towards her religious vows. Soon after, on January 6, 1929 she arrived in Calcutta, the capital of Bengal, India to teach at a school for girls.
While in Calcutta, she was moved by the presence of the sick and dying on the city’s streets. On September 10, 1946, on the long train ride to Darjeeling where she was to go on a retreat and to recover from suspected tuberculosis, something happened. Mother Teresa recalls:
“I realized that I had the call to take care of the sick and the dying, the hungry, the naked, the homeless – to be God’s Love in action to the poorest of the poor. That was the beginning of the Missionaries of Charity.” (Pitara.com)
How about you? What are you living for?
What is it that moves you more than anything else?
Hopefully, you’ve had that defining moment when you suddenly realized that YOU also have a calling to take care of the sick and the dying, the hungry, the naked, the homeless… to be God’s love in action to the poorest of the poor!
Hopefully you’re searching for the answers to the truest meaning of your existence. Hopefully you’re not spending too many of your years on selfish pursuits.
Here’s a great thought from my book.
Make Me A Legend, Chapter 5: Exposed To The Bigger Cause
The long journey to legendhood always begins at the intersection of crisis and curiosity. An epic crisis collides with a curious citizen, and another legend is off and running! While the larger masses of people fritter away their best years muscling out hollow, personal initiatives and striving after passing pleasures, legends get hyped up with higher purposes along the way. Lesser dreams lose their luster when pitted against a biggercause. For legends the crisis is the bigger cause and the day of seeing it is the day we start breathing.
Today’s world is overpopulated with grumblers. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but most people complain about even the slightest inconveniences. They’re perfectly conditioned for the paths of least resistance. They want to be left alone! These idlers gripe and groan about every trending crisis. Some of them pretend to see nothing and know nothing, without the smallest inclination of putting themselves in harm’s way.
Legends crave the front lines. We want to be posted wherever the personal risk of loss is highest because that is also where the possibility for making the greatest difference exists. One bona fide crisis is all it takes to launch us across a golden threshold, from a life driven by the aspiration of personal destinyto a much fuller one animated with the hope of legacy!
(later in the chapter)
Fellow legends, if we sleep now, we can be sure that this world we’ve been given will be handed to the next generation no better—and probably a whole lot worse than it was when we first received it. Humankind will have taken until there is nothing left for all who come after us, stripping the earth of so much more than ever needed, carelessly trampling down its beauty. We will die bloated with personal achievement and yet starving to death from a deprivation of legacy—the paradox of never really living for the bigger cause.
My advice: Search for your bigger cause, and never settle until you find it.
Here is Mother Teresa, talking about her cause. Be inspired. And when you find your cause, may you give yourself to it, like she gave herself to hers.
That’s all for today. I’m off to visit a friend in jail, then to the hospital, and so on. Today is going to be a BEAUTIFUL day. Don’t you think?
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