I like to think that I have a voice. Not because I’m a blogger, but because I’m a human being on this planet and we ALL have voices and we ALL can choose to do good with them.
I’ve always had a heart for nonprofits. I think it’s because, more than anything, I love passionate people and those are the types of people who are behind nonprofits. People who join their voices together to do great good in this world. I respect, admire and am encouraged by those people daily. In my own life, I wanted to do something. I had a heart to do something. However, for so long I was overwhelmed by the options. There are SO many options. There’s a song by Matthew West that I really love called “My Own Little World”, and it speaks to the fact that in general, we are so wrapped up in ourselves and our problems that we rarely can see past them to realize that we can make a difference in this world.
So…back to the options. For a long time I wrestled with “my place” in all of it.
The day I found out about TWLOHA (To Write Love on Her Arms) I cried for a very long time. I felt so convicted to help this organization because I have seen firsthand the effects that drugs and violence can have on a family. I know all about how easy it is for someone to get wrapped up in the wrong crowd and how quickly the landslide into darkness can be. I know what it’s like to say goodbye to someone far too young. And If I can help save one family the pain, sadness and tragedy that my family has gone through, then I’ll know I am really using the voice that I was given.
That is why Eat, Live, Run now supports TWLOHA. By “support”, I mean that I financially give to this organization monthly straight out of the money I make from this blog. You’ll now see their banner on my sidebar (look right!). It also means that I use my voice to create awareness and every day, try to love people just a little bit more. Because that’s what this is all about, right? Loving people.
I struggled for a long time thinking that “if I didn’t go to Africa to save dying children then I wasn’t really doing anything”. So.not.true. Although if that is your passion, go for it! I believe we each are given a unique set of skills and life experiences to use to make a difference….no matter how big or how small that difference is.