A few weeks ago I was approached by Grace Hill Media and they asked me if I would be willing to interview author Mitch Albom about his book “Have a Little Faith” and the upcoming TV movie based on the book that will be on ABC Sunday, November 27th.
I was honoured to be asked and I agreed.
I conducted my interview yesterday and I wish I could have spent a lot more time digging deeper into the issues that surfaced through the interview. Since time did not allow me to do this yesterday with Mitch I am going to use the next three posts to do this.
Three thoughts came out of my interview with Mitch:
Over the next three posts I want to share Mitch’s response to three of the questions I asked him and I want to share the resulting thoughts that surfaced for me .
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Now onto the interview!
ME: You say “Have a Little Faith” took you on a journey back to faith. It has been 2 years since you wrote the book. Where are you in your faith journey now?
MITCH ALBOM: Much deeper. Much more daily and even hourly than I was even before the book came out. I think what happens as a result of a book, at least if it is embraced in any kind wide scale, you start to be dipped in the water of the reach of the book.
So all of a sudden I am at a lot more churches. I am a lot more synagogues. I am doing a lot more religious things in the time since the book came out.
Just sort of coincidentally I ended up taking over a mission orphanage in Haiti … It ended up sort of falling into my operation or else it was going to close up. So I end up operating now, and I go down every month, a Christian mission in Haiti and I see the joy and the comfort that faith gives these kids who have nothing and it is inspiring.
It is just beyond words that I can give you in terms of how magical faith can be for people who have so little and yet are so joyous.
So between stuff like that and the visits to the churches and the conversations and the visits to the synagogues and even in conversations like this with you I think faith has grown exponentially in terms how I spend the hours of my day.
Faith should change our attitude!
What resonated with me here is Mitch’s description of how he has seen how faith changes people’s lives. He has seen faith bringing joy to people’s lives that we would least expect it from.
I remember when I went to Mexico during my first year of Bible school and how overwhelmed I was with the people’s joy. These people had nothing in comparison to me. They were living from meal to meal not knowing when the next one was coming.
And yet they were joyful (I will never forget their smiles).
They were grateful for what they had (even though they had so little).
They were generous with what they had (It was hard to accept their generous gifts).
Faith should change our attitude!
It should change our complaining into joy!
It should change our sense of entitlement into gratefulness!
It should change stinginess into generosity!
How else should faith change our attitude?