David Sandler has served the world’s underprivileged in places like Los Angeles, Indonesia, and now Haiti. He writes:
“One of the more intriguing pieces to the puzzle of my spiritual journey of trying to know the one God has resided in my heritage mixed of Jewish & Catholic upbringing but modernly defined as more “Protestant” in nature.
For me, the lessons instilled in growing up were ones of effort, discipline, sacrifice & servanthood. My parents are amazing models of dedication & devotion to caring for not only their loved ones, but all of humanity.
When, at 19, I came to believe in all the things I’d been taught as a youth, it was forged in a belief that the invisible was real, the ethereal was concrete, and that love did not have to be so mysterious. But it was natural for me to keep doing things. I knew the words and practiced them, but had to play the game of real life too.
I have faith, but how will anyone else – myself or Jesus included – know it if I don’t actually apply it?
I try to do it. Just like Mother Theresa. Just like Jim Elliot or Martin Luther King.
Say it? Do it. Be the change, don’t just talk about it.
Love everything: ‘Do this and you will live.'”