Through Orange Colored Glasses

I wear orange. Really. Every single day—I wear orange.

If you don’t know me, you are probably wondering why I wear so much orange. I didn’t go to college at Auburn, Tennessee, or Florida. And I especially am not from the University of Texas. No, I went to Texas Tech.

There are several reasons that I have worn orange, but only one of them will really matter to you. Years ago, World Vision declared orange to be the color of hope for AIDS orphans in Sub-Sahara Africa. One day some orphans in Kenya asked me if I would wear orange for them. In other words, they wanted me to show solidarity with them and believe that we had hope for a cure for AIDS. I told them that I would, but then they pressed me asking if I would do it every single day. Not really thinking what that would entail, I said that I would wear orange for them. So I wear orange—all the time. My goal is to not wear orange. That will mean that there is a cure for AIDS.

But for me, it is more than wearing the same color over and over again. It is trying to see the world through orange colored glasses. It is trying to see the world through a lens of hope. It is so easy to lose hope. I think we should be aware of all of the problems in this world. In fact, I think we have remained rather aloof from the tragic circumstances around the planet—poverty, famine, disease, slavery, etc. In this blog, you will learn about the immense tragedies surrounding us. But there are some good things going on too. There are ways we can help bring some possibilities to the problems. In other words, we can still have hope even when it seems hopeless.

I hope you will join me on a journey of looking at the great dilemmas of this age. You need to know what is happening. But in this blog, we are going to try not to lose sight that there is a God, and He cares. We don’t have to lose hope. We will not shy away from the tough things. But we won’t think despair is the answer either. If you want to know more about the tough stuff and yet not become a pessimist, I hope you will start a walk with me as we look at the world through orange colored glasses.

About Milt

Milton Jones is the President of Christian Relief Fund in Amarillo, Texas. In his work there, he has focused on the care of AIDS orphans in Sub-Sahara Africa. He has also served as a preacher and campus minister in both Texas and Washington. Milton has authored eight books including a touching tale of one of his heroes with Cerebral Palsy, Sundays With Scottie. He is married to Barbie Jones and has two sons, Patrick and Jeremy.
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3 Responses to Through Orange Colored Glasses

  1. Glen David says:

    Milt,
    It will be a great day when you no longer wear orange! Your reminder that it is easy to lose hope actually provides us with motivation to increase hope within our spirits. We know that with God, there is always hope! In fact, there is no hope without Him. Though things may seem “dim” at times, He is worthy of our trust as we endeavor to help those in need.
    Thanks for all that you and CRF are doing to be the light of Jesus to those who are thirsty for him, and for looking through the world with orange colored glasses and inviting us to do the same. Invitation accepted.

  2. Larry says:

    Milt, I love this about you! I wish I looked good in orange or else I would support you. Since I don’t look good in orange, I will just have to support your work at CRF more.

  3. Kathy Ledbetter says:

    Orange used to mean Harley Davidson to my husband and I until we met Milton Jones. Now orange is the color of hope and is worn by a man who leaves the comforts of his home and goes out into the world dressed in orange to bring hope to the suffering and Jesus to those who don’t know Him. A wonderful man of God. God bless you Milton Jones and Barbie and your tireless work of love.

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