You know how in some books or movies or even real life, people have their heart set on something, such as running or surfing or acting? You know how they just LIVE to do it? My favorite stories like that are those when they do it for God. It’s their passion. They want to do it and simply LOVE doing it. It feels great to have a passion, something to look forward to, to know what you want to do with your life.
I have a passion. It is something I can do anywhere and anytime. It isn’t surfing. Or running. Or acting. It is mission work. It is loving others and showing them God.
Yesterday, my family went to our neighbors’ house to see each other and visit with our friends who recently returned from their trip to Haiti. As I walked inside the house and kicked off my beaten-up tennis-shoes, I heard a voice inside the kitchen, calling, “Lydia, Anna, come here. We have something to show you!” The voice belonged to Kayla Grooters, who lives in Haiti. She is staying in the U.S. for a week. My sister and I raced into the kitchen, where everyone was crowded around a laptop. They were Skype-ing someone. And then I saw just who they were Skype-ing. On the laptop, were Webert, Loveson and Jeffte, our Haitian friends!! I was so excited to see them because I miss them so much.
They reminded me how much I miss those 5 days in Haiti.
How much I miss serving lunch to the kids at the school on the hillside.
How much I miss Loveson and Jeffte’s baseball games and late-night dance parties.
How much I miss seeing God everywhere.
How much I miss the beautiful mountains and the sparkling ocean.
How much I miss being surrounded by dozens of Haitians feeling my hair and holding my hands.
How much I miss Haiti in general.
I’ve lost count of the times I have asked my parents if we can return to Haiti. I am constantly replaying and replaying my favorite moments during the trip. I feel as if there’s a hole in my heart only the Haitians can fill. I feel as if a part of myself broke off and will always be in Haiti.
I have to keep following my passion wherever it may take me. Whether it’s in Haiti, the U.S., or wherever I go.
And you can, too. Follow your passion. And do it for God.
So what’s your passion? Tell me. I’d LOVE to know. 🙂