Mother Teresa's Holy Discontent

I read most of Holy Discontent [Bill Hybels] yesterday on a 45 minute flight from Chicago to Indy. I've become more deeply stirred about the holy discontents in my life: African orphans, the next generation, and advocacy for women.

Apparently, one of Mother Teresa's first experiences with holy discontent involved Ethiopia. She was quoted on CNN saying,

"When I see waste, I feel angry on the inside. I don't approve of
myself getting angry, but it's something you can't help after seeing

This describes some of my heart when it comes to "why" are adopting. There's a waste of resources - time, money, house space, ability - in the U.S. and I believe we have a biblical responsibility to turn waste into blessing. I think when God Abraham that he was "blessed to be a blessing" [Genesis 12], he's still telling us that today.

Mother Teresa is wickedly challenging to me still. I waste food, paper, resources, and time nearly every day. I wish it made me angrier. Mother Teresa is a saint. I hope I keep learning how to turn waste into blessing.

I've seen Africa, and know that even our waste is needed in Africa. Can you turn your waste into blessing?

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April L. Diaz

April has been a visionary activist her entire life. She has made it her mission to lead high performing teams and develop leaders in the margins of society while caring for our bodies, mind, and spirit. Secretly, she’s a mix of a total girly girl and a tomboy, and is still crazy about her high school sweetheart, Brian. Together, they co-parent 3 fabulous kiddos and live in Orange County, CA.