I think this is really difficult, to be honest, in our day and age, especially for teenagers. I think they (and all of us really), see SO MANY THINGS bombarding us with so much technology that streams them right front and center into our own lives that it’s so easy to capture dreams and visions of what we want to do like butterflies in a net. When what we really need to do is examine our own desires, abilities and talents and contribute and love in the way that only we can.
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(That last one is one of the things I loved so much about Family Humanitarian and the way they help those who reach for it, they don’t just go in and take over.)
Ok, I could go on and on, but read it! It’s an inspiring one on so many levels. (Thank you, Ally for the recommendation! xoxo)
It’s one more autobiography from Katie, who decided as a teenager she wanted to go live in Uganda after she fell in love with the people there on a mission trip she took there.
My friend had recommended this one a while back and when I realized it was Uganda where we were going I figured I’d better get busy reading it!
This one could take several blog posts to talk about, and I’m almost out of time, but it is a fascinating story of following your heart, and the “nudges” that push you in your own unique ways.
She is deeply religious, which I love, and felt very guided to change her life in ways that were difficult and heart-wrenching yet so beautiful and inspiring as well.
She left her family and all that she knew and has started her own organization in Uganda educating hundreds of children and adopting a whole bunch of them herself.
I found myself wondering at the different paths everyone takes in life. This is one that is so different from what I feel called to do, but I loved learning about how she did it and was inspired to go confidently in the direction of the unique nudges I feel as well.
Some of the pages I turned over:
(I haven’t read those over very well…hopefully they are readable and not too blury!)
Gosh, so many different things to do in life, so many different nudges to follow. We are all so unique and have so much to add to the world with our unique talents and gifts. These three books inspired me so much to follow my own nudges that come so frequently if I’ll only stay still enough to listen.
And if I’ll have the humility and courage to follow.
They will take me very different directions, of course, but I so strongly believe that we are all meant to spread our own unique light in unique and beautiful ways.