With each year that passes by we look at our lives and rate our accomplishments as success and failures. On this birthday, I want to talk about how my failures and struggles have given me the greatest peace and passion I have ever been called to in missionary work. In my life, I have grew up on a farm, played college tennis, became a professional athlete, been homeless, and achieved financial wealth and poverty. My life has been a rollercoaster of excitement and suffering. It shaped me to understand my purpose. Poverty entails fear, stress, and depression. It means a thousand humiliation moments and endless hardships. Climbing out by your own efforts is difficult and sometimes fruitless. If it wasn’t for my parents, sisters, friends, and the church. I would never have been able to achieve the accomplishments I have had. I have been so fortunate to have God place people in my life who ultimately changed my life.
You look at yourself and might be driven by fear of failure as much as drive for success. Yet your conception of what failure is might not be too far from the average person’s idea of success. There is so much we truly achieve. At the end, we decide what constitutes as a failure even if the world tries to tell us where that bar is. As we look into why we give money, time, and effort into missions, Remember that we all have failed and have been blessed to be where we are due to the blessings of others. We are called to develop relationships and to give of ourselves to help society and to be a blessing to help people overcome their “failures” together.
That period in time is a dark one, with hope always fleeting. People try and survive and the end those failures are simply a means of stripping away all the is inessential. It takes us to the basics of who we are as people. We have to should love, compassion, and leadership in giving back to others.
I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than I was, and began directing my energy into finishing the only work that matters to me. The rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.
So for my birthday I am asking of you to help support me in my missions and being my partners in changing peoples lives we encounter by our compassion and love. You will never truly know yourself or the strength of your relationships until both have been tested by adversity.
So as you think about what you can give in this quest of being apart of a greater plan. Remember such knowledge is a true gift, for all that is painfully understood and passed on, which also gives the greatest happiness God has blessed us with.