Currently, my wife and I are accepting donations for the Iloilo Project; a project designed to help assist natives of Iloilo, Philippines out of such crushing poverty. We select capable and willing families in need and we work with them one-on-one to get them shelter, work, education, and medical care if needed.
A little bit goes a long way. We are looking for team members that can lend a hand or donate small amounts to help these families. Visit us at www.iloiloproject.org or contact me directly for information about joinging our team.
My Ridiculous Opinion
I believe that those who are able to do something for another person are responsible for doing so. I believe that the “pay-it-forward” system is embedded into the design and balance of the universe, that we must comply in order for the human race to advance, and that if we do not, we are destined to die as slaves. Simply put, if you do not work, you will become a slave.
We humans have been a constant failure at advancing as a race. But also embedded within the design of the universe is HOPE. And I believe that hope and love can dominate this world if we each act as individuals rather than joining the crowd. We have the option in our lives to be productive or to be a weight on the shoulders of mankind. I daringly choose to be productive in a world that would mockingly stand against the idea in return for their selfishness. A man can be productive by simply taking care of himself and occasionally doing something selfless for another. When a man has more than what he needs, he should give it back and be thankful for his work. A man can give it back by creating jobs, organizing missions, or with simples acts of kindness.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” – Jesus
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven. “So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.” – Jesus
You don’t have to believe in the bible. But when Jesus speaks, this world would be much better off to listen. I challenge all of you to do something positive with your lives. Don’t live for yourself. Instead, take care of yourself and live for others. If you do that, your life cannot be worthless.
These kids in the pictures are my friends. They are my buddies and I will be there for them. And in return, they are there for me. Everybody needs friends like that. I am blessed to have them in my life. I’m excited to go back to the Philippines in 2013.
I encourage you to make an effort to improve the world in your everyday surrounding. Being an example of compassion does so much to those around you. Get used to it, then spread your wings. See who you can touch. My wife’s family lives in the Philippines, which gives us great opportunity there. But there is plenty of people here in the U.S. that need compassion too. In fact, all of us need compassion. Contact me if you would like to join our team or if you need help with doing your own thing. I’d be excited to hear about your own ideas and maybe help.