Gratitude in Action: Celebrating Freedom

#FREEDOMROCKS from The Exodus Road on Vimeo.

I had a conversation with a friend recently about celebration. She used to live in Mexico and, well, I’m a 1/2 Mexican who’s been to Mexico, and we commented on the lack of celebration we see around us here in the states.

Sure we celebrate birthdays and holidays here, but not with the gusto and abandon that I’ve seen members of that culture celebrate with.

Maybe we need to celebrate more. Not just the big events, but the daily joys. We need to celebrate the good in our lives.

I attended a Bible study series recently that spoke about the importance of gratitude. Giving thanks on a regular basis works wonders for any negative attititude because it makes you take your eyes off the immediate circumstances and take a look at the bigger picture.

As moms, that’s not always easy to do, especially when someone accidentally spills a gallon of milk or poops their pants for the third time in one day.

But it’s essential. We need to regularly celebrate the good in our lives, because there is just so much of it. Even if it doesn’t always seem like it, blessings abound all around us.

There are so many things in my life that I need to celebrate:

  • A loving marriage that’s been restored
  • Beautiful kids who are curious about life
  • Creativity
  • A new adventure
  • A supportive community
  • Living a life of purpose
  • Freedom

The Exodus Road believes that rescue is a community effort. We also believe that freedom is worth celebrating.

In light of this, we are beginning a monthly celebration which we are calling #FreedomRocks in which we pause the work to celebrate the victories and lives changed.

These rescues are a result of the collaborative work of those in our coalition– including the local police, the NGOs involved in intervention as well as our donors, advocates, and volunteers.

These 24 rocks from the past 7 months represent freedom for 24 boys and girls, all under the age of 18, who have been rescued from sexual slavery supported in some active capacity by The Exodus Road.

Celebrate the freedom that these kids can enjoy because others put their freedom into action.

What can you celebrate today?


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