Where do I begin? At first I was mad, but the truth is I’m sad. One reason I’m sad is because the people that need to read this probably will not.
About a year ago, I was introduced to someone that today is one of my best friends. He is the most selfless person that I have ever met. He has made it his mission to change the world through kindness. This guy doesn’t discriminate against anyone, especially if they need help. And frankly, he is right. The world can be changed with kindness and people living selflessly and not operating as the judgment police. I am truly honored to call David Hill my friend.
As many of you that follow One Spark on Facebook are aware, the foundation is raffling off a rifle, Sig 516 AR to be exact. Some people have let us know that they are offended, and let me tell you that I am as well, but probably not for the same reason. The sad thing is that One Spark has to raffle anything off to help pay for the Sparks that they give. You name me one other charity that has no paid employees? There are over 568,000 people that like the page, and if just half of those would give $1 a month, One Spark would not need to do a raffle. The fact is, it takes money to feed the homeless, help sick children, to educate about human trafficking, and help families that have fallen on hard times.
Please understand, if you are following One Spark on Facebook and not complaining, this is not directed at you and we hope and pray that you continue to follow and share your spark stories because you are improving the lives of those you Spark.
For those who have chosen to judge, let me tell you a little about the founder and my friend, David Hill, and see if you stack up. I sure as heck know I don’t. Two weeks ago, I was with him in the emergency room as he was having chest pains and numbness in his left arm. As I’m writing this, we still do not know exactly why except for stress. Before he was released, the doctor told him to rest. Three days later, David receives a call from the mom of a child who had been battling cancer, and he is told that the child isn’t expected to make it through the night, and the child wanted to see David. Despite what the doctor told him to do, David gets in his truck after 11:00 PM and drives straight to the kid. The location was about 3 hours drive away. He made it to see the kid before he passed away.
I can’t tell you how many mornings I’ve gone to see David, and he hasn’t been to bed or has had very little sleep. He takes very little credit for all that One Spark does to help, but what little I’ve shared isn’t the most impressive part. If there ever was a person that could have been bitter and complained, it was David. Imagine being sold by your mother to have sex with men as a child 751 times. Heck, I can’t imagine that being done once. Imagine being left on the side of the road on purpose by a parent, hours from home as a young child, and it taking weeks to make it home. Being told by your mother that she wished she would have aborted you. If that isn’t enough, what if your father beat you mercilessly more times than you can count? You can read more of his story here, Dave’s Story and One Sparks Mission here, Mission.
Through all of this and more, most of us would be bitter, and with good reason. David says he is blessed because his story has helped many people turn their anchors into a keys. Personally, he has done that for me, and has helped my family in ways that I may never be able to repay.
We are so easily offended today by things I don’t even understand. The solution to every social issue could be solved if we simply open our eyes and love our neighbors as we want to be loved ourselves. They aren’t solved by electing a politician and they aren’t solved by simply complaining on social media. They are solved by love in action. One Spark and David Hill are doing that. We hope and pray that millions will join us. If you do not want to buy a raffle ticket, you can simply donate to One Spark here: Donate.