"The TV news shows and online news streams work to keep us riveted to tragedy after tragedy. Each upcoming story is crucial. Then fifteen or thirty minutes later, there's nothing you can do about all you've seen, which spans the country and the globe, except feel punished and depleted in mind and soul. And there are the charity ads, the local fundraisers, the church announcements. There are ways to volunteer that feel meaningful, but how can it not seem too little? Focus on the demands of your family, friends and work, as if it weren't more than enough.
But it nags, doesn't it? Get's caught a little in the throat. Should I, could I, be doing something that really makes a difference? What would it look like? WHat do I really believe about helping other people especially if it get's demanding?"
These words are taken from Kent Annan's book, Following Jesus Through the Eye of the Needle - Living Fully, Loving Dangerously.
If you have ever pondered those thoughts of personally making a difference in someone else's world I would encourage you to read this book. I just finished it and I must say it is very inspiring. I had a hard time putting it down. What you will find here is a first hand experience of a twenty-something couple who left the comforts of home in the US and moved to Haiti to live with a poor family they didn't yet know. What follows is the adventures, victories, pain and doubt that comes with the decision they made to follow Jesus "through the eye of the needle". What I appreciate about Kent is the candor in his writing, it really draws you in to his personal journey and gets you thinking about your own.