By Andy Copeland
FODAC Board Treasurer
As we all wander through life, it’s easy for us to think that no one has it worse than we do. If you get chewed out by your boss at work, then that moment eclipses almost anything else you can think of for the immediate future. Lose a job? That can feel like the end of the world. Have a wreck on the way home? Oh no, just think of the repair bills. As you settle into your easy chair at home, all you can do it stew over your day.
STOP looking at the hole and see that luscious donut sitting in front of you!
It’s really a matter of perspective.
Getting chewed out by your boss might mean that he’s feeling heat that he simply decided to pass on to you. It could be that your boss is about to get demoted and you could be taking his place. Along with a raise. Hrmmm…
Losing a job is actually an adventure. I should know; I’ve been “laid off” three times from different jobs. Actually I was fired, with no hope of ever returning to that job. However, in retrospect, each firing was a blessing for me. My wife Donna told me, “when God slams a door, he opens a window. You just have to find the open window”. So that’s what I did. Each time the window of opportunity presented me with a better career option, all of which led me to my current career. Trust me, that’s a big fat juicy donut that I’m still munching on.
What we have to do is quit grousing over how bad we have it and understand that someone somewhere has it worse than we do. If we can stop seeing holes, we will start to see a big sweet donut ready for our consumption.
I think this is why people ignore charity. They think, “my charity starts at home!” and “I have enough problems of my own to worry about!”. With an attitude like that, I can guarantee you that your problems will not diminish. They will only get bigger by the day. The hole grows so big, it actually swallows the donut!
When we actually stop feeling sorry for ourselves and start having a positive outlook on life, something amazing happens: you discover what joy truly is. Joy is not the same as happiness. Happiness implies that some happenstance has impacted you, thus leaving you in a favorable state. Joy is a permanent condition that makes you smile even when things are going against you. To discover joy, you actually have to surrender your own desires and face the fact that you cannot have whatever you want. You have to actually put others first. And the best way to do that is to find someone who’s serving big fat donuts.
That’s where FODAC comes in. They have glazed donuts, powdered donuts, jelly-filled donuts, donuts with sprinkles. They offer some of the most juicy ministry opportunities that you could ever want. Once you sink your teeth into one of these donuts, you’ll be hooked and ready to consume more. One thing is for sure – you will forget that donuts even have a hole in the middle.
I know what you’re thinking. “How can this be? I have my own problems!”
Consider the following:
Nearly 49 million people in the US suffer from some form of disability. In countries with life expectancies greater than 70 years, people spend about 8 years of their lives living with a disability. That means that you will have to deal with a disability at some point in your life! You think things are bad now? Just wait until you realize you can’t even make it to the bathroom by yourself, or that you can’t even feed yourself or dress yourself. That’s when you will suddenly realize that all the worries of your life pale in comparison to the moment you discover you have a disability.
This is where FODAC comes in. FODAC may not be able to feed you or dress you, but they can help provide you with a means for transportation when none other is available. If you cannot walk, wheels suddenly become modern miracles of science. And FODAC is in the business of providing these miracles. Or you can call them big fat juicy donuts, if you want. However you choose to refer to them, they are a blessing to behold, especially when you see them transforming people’s lives.
Best of all, these donuts will not make you gain weight, but they will help you to gain a world of perspective.
God bless you all!