SEP. 22, 2023
What makes you glad, sad, or mad?
"To him who is afflicted, kindness should be shown." Job 6:14 NKJV
A pastor writes: "What makes you glad or sad or mad? What puts a holy smile on your face? What causes your spirit to sob uncontrollably? What makes you pound your fist on the table out of righteous indignation?
Somewhere in the mixture of that gladness, sadness, and madness is your God-ordained passion. Or maybe we should say compassion, because you are feeling what God feels. And once you identify it, doing something about it isn't optional. You can't not do something about it." In 2006, Blake Mycoskie was touring Argentina when he noticed that many of the children didn't have shoes.
He could have returned to the United States and gone about his business. Instead, he started TOMS shoes, a business with a mission of putting shoes on the feet of children in third-world countries. It works like this: When you buy a pair of TOMS shoes, you're giving a pair of shoes to a barefoot child somewhere. For every pair of shoes purchased, a pair is given away. Their mission is straightforward: one for one. Blake identified a need. He personalized it. And he decided to do something about it. It didn't start out big, it started out small. Yet that is how primal moments begin.
A person decides to do something about something that makes him glad or sad or mad. It was barefoot kids who broke Blake's heart. And he literally placed shoes on his faith. When you discover the thing that makes you glad or sad or mad, the only question left is this: What are you going to do about it?