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.