What is your passion in life? What is it that really gets your blood flowing and your mind racing? In the south many would say football and you can count me in on that one. Other answers would be as diverse as the stars in the sky, but in truth, we all need something that we love to do to bring out the best in us.
People, that's mine. Helping people, getting to know people, believing in people, serving with other people, and loving people. The song says "people, people who need people, are the luckiest people in the world". I love my alone time, but people fuel my spirit, especially people searching for God.
Think about the Apostles for a moment. They were certainly motivated by God's Spirit to serve and spread the word of Good News, but they needed people to talk to, people to respond to, people that challenged their faith and purpose to grow. What does it say about us if we say we don't need people or we don't like people? Maybe we have been hurt, maybe we are a loner or an introvert, but we still need people.
The human race is flawed but so are we. Accepting that others will not be like us is a key to understanding that God made us all different, and if he didn't this would be a very boring existence. I love the Alabama fans, the Gator chompers and the Who Dat Saints fans because they are passionate like me. But I really love folks who are lost and are looking to find some light at the end of a very dark tunnel.
Monday night a man who ATB had helped several months ago with his rent came up to me and handed me $100.
It lit me up because we had made a difference for him but in turn he wanted to make a difference for someone else. When Jesus healed the ten lepers only one came back to thank him, and he was a foreigner who may not have understood fully who Jesus was. But he came back and he lit the Lord up.
People, people who need people are the luckiest people in the world. And people, people who look for the good in other people, well they are really blessed. Gotta love it!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at email@example.com.