As we journey into the business of L.I.F.E. I wanted to capture the spirit of AOJ1 by hearing from everyone on the impact that this organization has had in their lives. Thank each of you that responded to the article on FAITH, and today I want to hear from you in the area of FAMILY.
We are family…A song made famous by the Sister Sledge : ) in the 80’s (I am dating myself). Our families can evoke such strong emotions both positive and negative. Very few of us come from perfect family situations, and often we carry that baggage for our entire lives. For years we were told that blood is thicker than water, and to quote Nicholas Earp, in the 1994 movie Wyatt Earp, as he spoke to his adolescent children at the dinner table…
“Remember this, all of you. Nothing counts so much as blood. The rest are just strangers.”
As a part of this wonderful TEAM, I have come to realize that often family can be extended to include not just those that share our DNA, but also those that share our passions, ideology, work ethic, and hopes. We on TEAM AOJ1 have built such a close knit family that it amazes those on the outside how loyal we have become to people who were once strangers. People that without this business we would have never met or come to love and respect. TEAM unlike our World crosses racial, gender, political, socio-economic, and all other barriers to see the human family as one. We strive to love people where they are, and in doing so we extend our arms to welcome new adopted family members. Some will stay, some will be here for just a season, but all will feel the love of this wonderful family. Let me know how TEAM has had an impact on your FAMILY both biological and adopted.