Today was a great day for me, and I hope you had a great one too. First off, I had a meeting with some folks to discuss the possibility of making Faith Fighting Diabetes a reality here in Carroll County. As I gave them the background of this heartfelt desire I have, I could see the concept was resonating with them. It was awesome.
Just to fill you in, I was away on retreat at the beginning of the summer. I was a bit bored one day (it happens on silent retreats), and I started flipping through a magazine in the retreat center library. I saw a small advertisement for an organization called Faith Fights Diabetes.
Although I probably shouldn’t have, I ripped the ad out, and put it in my wallet. When I got home, one of the first things I did was jump on-line to check this organization’s website out. I was really impressed with what I saw. In a nutshell, the website was all about encouraging the leaders of faith communities to educate their congregations about diabetes. Statistics show that people trust their faith leaders more than they do their doctors. Go figure.
Well, I could quickly see how this would be a great thing to do, but unfortunately, the website was created by the New York Health Department, and everything was geared towards citizens of the great state of New York.
After praying about it, I decided to contact some health/wellness professionals here in my county, and at my meeting with them, they too immediately saw the possibilities. This gathering today was an outcome of this earlier meeting.
The plan that developed today includes a large October gathering of faith leaders and interested members of our community. This event will mark the start of something really good and important for our community. The potential is huge, and not only local. Please pray for its success.
I wanted to tell you all this because I want you to know that I practice what I preach. Dreaming big, setting goals, taking chances, being persistent and having a plan are all titles of some of my blog postings.
I continue to be in awe of how God is moving right now, not just with me and my endeavors, but with you too. Look for Him, not just in the big and bold things, but mostly in the smallest whispers of daily living.