Thursday, March 12, 2015

End It Movement

Vocation is the place where your deep gladness meets the world's deep need

When I posted this picture on my Instagram I wrote "Besides photography and writing I have a calling: fighting against human trafficking."

Life can be tough sometimes but underlying the struggle and stress is the "deep gladness" of knowing I'm here for a purpose. I floundered for a bit wondering what my purpose in life was but my calling found me in 2007. 

It was through the birth of My Refuge House that I discovered my abolitionist's heart burning fiercely to DO something. 

Knowing what my purpose was meant happiness didn't live outside of myself. I don't burden Ray, my kids, Rylee, my friends and my sister with my unrealistic expectations of happiness. They don't make ME happy, (Okay, now I'm beginning to sound like Pharrell.) 

February 27, 2015 marked the second year I participated in the End It Movement to shine a light on slavery. It might seem trivial to some marking a red X on my hand to show people that modern slavery exists.

But there's one thing I've learned in the eight years I've volunteered my time in the fight against slavery and that is no effort is trivial. 

I want to thank everyone who joined my team and donated their hard-earned money to shine a light on slavery. It's so true, together we can end it. I hold fast to that belief. 

I encourage you, my lovely readers, to listen to your heart and discover what your calling is. We can all meet "the world's deep need."