I just finished week 18 of my Ironman schedule-only 130 miles this week- and it felt great to taper down. Actually, my body was super tired this week, so I caught up on LOTS of sleep. That felt even better than the shorter workouts. I took a 2 hour nap on Friday and another 2 hour nap today. Awesome! But the best part of the week was something I heard today at Orphan Sunday!
I heard an amazing message at Frontline Church where I had a Team Orphans booth for their Orphan Expo. It was called, “Do Something Now”. There are two ways to make a bad decision in this world. The first is Ready…. Fire…Aim. We can all identify with this. It’s acting before we think; it’s jumping without looking first. But the second way to make a bad decision is to Ready…Aim… Aim… Aim… This is not acting at all! People plan and talk but never do anything.
When it comes to caring for orphans, many people see the problem- 163 million orphans worldwide. It’s not that they don’t have a kind heart, or that they have bad motives. They just see the problem, think about what they COULD do, maybe even plan what they will do ONE DAY, and then do nothing. The truth about human nature is that we will naturally act on behalf of one person before we will act for a mass of people. When people hear the “163 million orphans” statistic, most people will get overwhelmed and think that their efforts could never make a difference. But when we mail or facebook post a picture of kids who are home with a family because of Team Orphans, it’s suddenly personal and we can relate to that one child. Yes, my $50 donation made a difference. Yes, my participation in the Cookie 5K did matter. Even Mother Teresa, with all of her amazing efforts to help the least these, said, “If I look at the mass, I will never act. If I look at the one, I will!” In Matthew 25, Jesus said, “Whatever you did for ONE of the least of these, you have done for me”
So here’s the challenge- FIND YOUR ONE