One of the qualities I admire most about my friend and brother in Christ James is his continued commitment to helping those in need. After a distinguished military career, James joined civilian life working in different capacities unrelated to his military career. He doesn’t say much about that other than “It was my duty and honor to serve.”
Today he continues to live out that calling as a volunteer for the American Red Cross. He’s always ready to be deployed whenever disaster strikes. During his time with them, he’s held various roles and responsibilities, all focused on helping those devasted and in need.
Interestingly enough, the American Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton and a circle of her acquaintances after first hearing of the Swiss-inspired global Red Cross network while visiting Europe following the Civil War. Over the years, it has provided worldwide assistance such as first aid, water safety, public health nursing programs, accident prevention, care for the sick, and most notably humanitarian aid.
Today, the American Red Cross relies on millions of volunteers and donors to fulfill its mission to “Prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and donors’ generosity.”
These stories remind me of how Scripture calls us all to defend and provide for those in need. In doing so, we take part in God’s mission to share his goodness and grace here on earth.
How are you serving those in need? Be real; be honest.
Pray and ask God for guidance on how to use your talents, gifts or resources to help those in need or that need defending. Create a plan of action. Bonus: Share this with a fellow brother and have them hold you accountable.
Carlos F. Peña is first and foremost a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted husband and father. Professionally he is a CEO, CMO, certified executive, leadership and life coach, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur for various companies he owns and operates. Over the years, Carlos has served in multiple leadership roles in business and ministry. Carlos is President and CMO of Pumped®, Inc., a brand development and design firm, CEO of Led to Lead®, a leadership, career, and business coaching company, and the founder and creator of the FX3® program. In ministry, he currently serves as Director of Men's Small Groups at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, focusing on discipleship. Carlos considers it his life's mission to help men discover and challenge them to be the men God desires them to be.
To learn more about Carlos, visit https://carlosfpena.com