Today has been a little rough. My two daughters are both having a hard day. One is home from school and one is away at school. I had one on video chat and the other in the room with us. They both feel the same way and, sometimes, it’s just hard to know what to say. I have my dark moments, but I know where mine come from. They are both high achievers, hard on themselves, and don’t do a lot of mental health self-care. Our daughter who is away at college has decided she’s moving home and will go to the local community college. It’s hard for her to be away and it’s only gotten worse this year. I miss her, but I don’t want her to miss out on experiences she needs for her growth and development just because it seems hard. It’s hard to tell the difference sometimes. Our youngest had a very busy week last week and has mounds of homework facing her and she is overwhelmed. Not too mention, soccer practice, a boyfriend, and JROTC practices and events. Busy young women. I’m proud of the way they persevere and sad for them when it all becomes too much. I wish I could help them to understand what I now know in my late forties. Unfortunately, these kinds of lessons are unique to the individual and take personal experience to learn. <sigh>
The good news is that it is New Book Monday and the new book is…Doing Good is Simple by Chris Marlow. Yippee! Another book that I wasn’t expecting to be drawn to, but here it is, in my hands and I’m ready to go. It looks fun to read and is fairly short – only eight chapters, which happens to work out perfectly for my blogging schedule. That’s a happy thing.
Who is Chris Marlow? I’ll let him introduce himself from his “About” page on the website.
I founded Help One Now after meeting a starving young orphan at an abandoned gas station in Zimbabwe. I was compelled to dedicate my life to seeking justice by empowering high-capacity local leaders to care for orphans and vulnerable children, and to help them see their communities transform. My passion is organizing tribes of everyday people—people like you!—to partner with global movements that do good.
I’m available to speak at conferences and churches (you can find more information about that here), and I also coach leaders who are looking to launch, grow, and sustain their organizations well.
I live in downtown Raleigh with my wife, two daughters, and a German Shepherd pup named Skye.
He has two websites that he can be reached through, the one above, doinggoodissimple.com and helponenow.com. The first site has a lot about this book and the second focuses on the actual work being done around the world. Help One Now has a Facebook page and the organization is also on Instagram (@helponenow), where Chris can be found @chrismarlow. Both are on Twitter using the same names. This is a pretty phenomenal guy who is involved in great things. I look forward to reading what he has to say about how I can “simply” help and fit it into my life right now.
Today, the conference talk was The Great Plan of Redemption by Linda S. Reeves and was about turning to God for repentance, when your own sin has caused you to move away from God and His Son. That’s really the problem with sin and, as I imagine, why God hates it so much. It’s not just that we might be harming others, but we are harming ourselves by creating unneeded distance between us and God. Linda quotes Amulek (a Book of Mormon prophet), who says,
I would that ye would come forth and harden not your hearts any longer; … if ye will repent … , immediately shall the great plan of redemption be brought about unto you.
However late you think you are, however many chances you think you have missed, however many mistakes you feel you have made … , or however far from home and family and God you feel you have traveled, I testify that you have not traveled beyond the reach of divine love. It is not possible for you to sink lower than the infinite light of Christ’s Atonement shines.