you can read it here). Saint Patrick got a "raw deal" in life, but he made the most of it.
I just saw a true story of another man — Sam Childers
— who made the most of what he was. In Childers' case, he was a brutal
criminal and a member of an outlaw motorcycle club. But he turned over a
new leaf and found a purpose he felt strongly about: Building an
orphanage in Southern Sudan.
For years now, a group called the LRA
(Lord's Resistance Army) has been roaming through Uganda and Sudan,
killing parents, taking their young boys, and forcing the boys to become
members of their gang-army. The group operates with intense cruelty,
and forces these boys to do terrible things.
swath of destruction leaves orphans in its wake, and these orphans are
not safe. Many of them are boys that the LRA would love to add to their
army. Sam Childers built an orphanage (now the largest orphanage in
Southern Sudan), and then defended it against LRA raids, using what he
had (knowledge about brutal criminals and skill with guns) to keep these
This true story was made into an excellent movie starring Gerard Butler: Machine Gun Preacher. I recommend it. His story personifies one of my favorite quotes. It's by George Bernard Shaw. Read it here: The True Joy in Life.
Adam Khan is the author of Self-Reliance, Translated and Principles For Personal Growth. Follow his podcast, The Adam Bomb.