The Holiness of Success

Sometimes people wonder what keeps me focused on social justice. They ask me, “What makes you do all this for other people?” Well, I do it because I care about other people. I love them, and I love the God that created them. It’s the same God that created me. He saved my life! So I want to help save others.

I’m focused on success for the same reason. I focus on success because I want to achieve something, not only for myself, but for those who do not have. I’m talking about those who do not have food, or clean water, or a mom and dad to love them, or even basic freedom.

I’d love to see that same approach to success take root in the world on a global scale. Continue reading

The Antidote to Misery

A lot of baseball players are millionaires, but even so, we can experience misery. We can buy two, or three, or four cars. We can buy boats. We can buy houses. But we figure out pretty quick that money doesn’t make things joyful. And if you don’t know how to use it, it can give you more headaches. Continue reading

Fulfilled by Work

Last time I suggested that working to earn money and achieve our goals is important, but that we as human beings need something more. Let me put that into perspective. Americans aren’t the only people to work hard, but we are among the few who are able to achieve success from our hard work. In some countries, people never make more than two or three dollars a day, no matter how hard they work. They never work their way out of poverty because they literally can’t. There’s just no way to do it.

There are so many people out there in the world who work just as hard as we do and will never, ever, ever, be able to make more than two or three dollars a day, unless something changes. You can help. Continue reading

Why Do You Work?

Why do you work? If you work because you need a paycheck, or because you want to make tons of money, I understand.

And maybe you also work because you’ve set goals. You have said, “I want to achieve something great. At my job, greatness comes with a raise or a promotion, so that’s my goal.” You work hard for your goals. I really do understand that.

Suppose I say to someone, “You have to work hard if you want to become the president of your company.” And they say, “Yeah, I want to do that.”

Then I would ask, “Okay, why?’ Continue reading

To Stir A Movement

The movement I have in mind begins with awareness.  It begins with the awareness that people all over the world, our neighbors and God’s children, are suffering, and we are called to help.

The awareness I’m talking about goes much further than knowing the world has problems.  I’m talking about awareness that you can help alleviate people’s suffering and pain.  You can take part in ending the hunger crisis, or the water crisis.  You can help free slaves and provide homes and families for orphans.

This awareness reaches even deeper than doing something to help. It goes deeper than donating or volunteering.  Continue reading

Satisfy Your Soul

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We did not choose to be born in America. We could have been born in Uganda or Haiti. Imagine that! I respect that I was born in America.

But we weren’t born here because we’re lucky. We were born here because we are blessed.

We are blessed to be born in a country where we have freedom and prosperity. We are blessed to have the opportunities that freedom and prosperity make possible. I know some people think we’re not prosperous. We hear a lot of concern about the economic crisis. But unless you’re making less than four dollars a day, you’re making more than 90% of people in the world. Continue reading

Called Together

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I’m part of the Not For Sale Campaign’s Free2Play Foundation. Before last Tuesday’s game, we had a pre-game ceremony to raise awareness about slavery and human trafficking. Some of the people from Not For Sale were present at the event, including my friend David Batstone, the president. The Giants organization has been awesome in its support of our efforts.

Everyone involved in Not For Sale/Free2Play has been called together to accomplish great things. Thanks to the dedicated participation of every donor, staff member, and volunteer, we’ve built a medical facility in Thailand for kids who were rescued by Not For Sale from traffickers. We built a basketball court for them as well. We’ve also built soccer fields in South America, and we’ve built a school in Uganda.

Building facilities like these is a major accomplishment. We get it done because so many people give small amounts of time or money or both, and that adds up to big results. Continue reading

REACHing Out

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Generation Alive focuses on four interlocking projects that will restore life to the poorest of the poor:

  • Abolishing human trafficking
  • Building orphanages
  • Digging wells
  • Providing food

When we rescue children from traffickers, they need a place to live. So we’re building orphanages.

When we build an orphanage, we need to provide access to clean water. So we dig wells.

Now the kids not only have shelter, but they have clean water to drink. They need food as well, so we host Feed the Hunger events and send food.

This is the initial part of the project. Shelter, clean water, and nutritious food are the initial things that get the kids going. These are the things that heal them and get their bodies working the way they should. Now their minds begin to develop. We can start thinking about their education. We’ve got to send them to school. Continue reading

To Stir What Movement?

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The movement I have in mind begins with awareness.  It begins with the awareness that people all over the world, our neighbors and God’s children, are suffering, and we are called to help.

You see, the awareness I’m talking about goes much further than knowing the world has problems.  I’m talking about awareness that you can help alleviate people’s suffering and pain.  You can take part in ending the hunger or water crisis.  You can help free slaves and provide homes and families for orphans.

But this awareness actually goes even deeper than doing something to help, deeper than donating or volunteering.  I’m talking about awareness of the joy that you create in someone else.  When you help someone, that person feels joy because of you, because you helped them in their life.  And that joy, the joy you create in someone else, that’s the love of Jesus.  That’s the awareness that I’m talking about. Continue reading

The Fulfillment of Work

Why do you work? If you work because you need a paycheck, or you want to make tons of money, I understand that. To a point.

But I also understand that for most of us, we can do something more. Even if you have fifty cents, a dollar, two dollars extra, you can pay for someone’s day. That’s the same amount of money that people in some countries make in a day. So if you give a little extra, you can support somebody’s one day paycheck. You really do have the ability to do that.

And maybe you work hard because you’ve set goals. You say, “I want to achieve something great. At my job, to be great, you have to get that raise or that promotion, and I want to be great, so that’s my goal.” I really do understand. But it can’t stop there, because by itself, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. I mean, what is the point of being great? Continue reading