“A vocation or calling is a certain kind of life, ordained and imposed on man by God for the common good. The author of every calling is God himself…every man is to live as he is called of God.” — William Perkins
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2013) — “You’ve got to use the life you’ve been given to give others life.
“You’ve got gifts that weren’t given to line your life with; they were given to be a lifeline to others — or your lose your life.
“It comes like an echo from God; if your gifts don’t give relief, you don’t get real life. What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, but lose his soul?
“…You’ve got to use your position inside the gate for those outside the gate — or you’re in the position of losing everything.
“If you have any food in your fridge, any clothes in your closet, any small roof, rented or owned, over your head, you are richer than 75 percent of the world… if you have anything saved in the bank, any bills in your wallet, any spare change in a jar, you are one of the top 8 percent wealthiest people in the world.
“If you can read these words right now, you have a gift three billion people right now don’t. If your stomach isn’t twisted in hunger pangs, you have a gift that one billion people right now don’t. If you know Christ as the greatest Gift, you have a gift that millons of untold people don’t…
“When you unwrap your worth in the Gift of Christ, your release your grip on all the other gifts. You are loved and carried and secure, and what else do you need when you have Him? You are free, free, to lavishly give away your gifts when all your value, worth, joy, and riches are in the greatest of gifts.
“Why, writes George Muller, would anyone inside the gate ‘seek to be rich, and great, and honored in that world where his Lord was poor, and mean, and despised?’
“You can see it during Advent — over on the west side, over in the slum, over the backyard fence — the way someone reaches out a hand and someone weak grabs hold. And all the gates give way to God, for such a time as this.”
– Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift
Finished pottery at Shicali in El Salvador, Nov. 18, 2013
Shicali is the retail and pottery shop for ACOGIPRI in El Salvador, a co-op of independent disabled individuals – Cooperative Association of the Integral Pro-Rehabilitation Independent Group — that works with the disabled. With no social programs, education system, or economic support for those with special needs in that country, ACOGIPRI is working to change that by providing jobs for deaf pottery artisans. The group provides training and workshop space while marketing and selling the finished products. It was amazing to see the beautiful work produced by these incredible artists during my visit to El Salvador with Joni & Friends. You can read more about Shicali on their website.