Custom-Made Abolitionists

Not for Sale logoLast night I went to hear David Bastone, founder of Not for Sale, speak about the modern-day abolitionist movement, of which is organization is a part. In fact, their “motto” or slogan, I guess, is “I am not for sale. You are not for sale. No one should be for sale. Become an abolitionist.”

And the coolest thing? His definition of an abolitionist: Someone who uses his or her God-given abilities, gifts, talents, passions, interests to help someone else gain freedom. I LOVE that! And I believe it’s God’s truth and the way he wants us to look at our purpose in life.

Just because right now I may not be able to be on the front-lines of physically rescuing children in Bangkok or New Delhi or Chicago or San Fransisco, I can offer what I’ve got toward this end. I can write, I can speak, I can edit, I can think creatively, I can encourage, I can offer sanctuary, I can write a check, I can pray, and on and on. I can be who God made me to be and DO what God made to do to become an abolitionist.

When we’re encouraged to live as the women God made us, we can get things going. This is why we need to let others know who we are, what we love, what we’re good at, what fires us up. Because you never know when someone else will say, “Hey, you can do that? We need your help here…in this way…”

It’s really exciting. I encourage you all to check out the Not For Sale Campaign and start thinking about how God might have made you to become an abolitionist—and whatever else he wants you to be.

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    November 17, 2007 at 1:12 pm #

    Very cool! I recently helped found an organization to assist child victims of war with a focus on former child soldiers, starting in northern Uganda. [It’s called ChildVoice International – see http://www.childvoiceintl.org I have not heard of this organization though but just checked out their site; they look great. Were you impressed by the event?

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