On today's episode, we are joined by Anita in Phoenix, Arizona. A 72 year old woman with a calling to be of service to others her entire life. She reflects on everything from being involved in the first New Times publications, the first St. Mary's Food Bank, working to help people in society through the Urban League and CETA, as well as the memories of coming to Arizona with her late father, a Southern Baptist Minister. They traveled across the country, feeling called by God to Phoenix, Arizona back in the 1960s.
Anita has a fascinating and rich history of working with treating methadone patients, working with incarcerated and former offenders to rehabilitate and find jobs for, as well as serving as the director of Social Services in the Phoenix area where she helped endless people find and maintain employment.
Throughout her life, Anita has enjoyed a career and lifestyle built around helping others in various ways. Whether it be a food box, her last dollar, or simply watching the neighbor's pets while they are away - she has always been and continues to be a person with love in her heart for others. Her sense of selflessness and living in the light of her Faith in Jesus, she strives to be sin free and maintain an attitude of gratitude and loving kindness towards others.
Of the many changes in society in her lifetime, Anita feels the cell phone technology is a major example of the changes in society. She believes in walking a path of grace and mercy as Jesus would, to love and appreciate her neighbors, the less fortunate, and be kind to everyone. She urges young people to save their money! Don't buy guns on the street, and love your enemies and those who would do harm you. She often asks herself What Would Jesus Do? And then does her best to walk the walk according to her Faith and Biblical learnings. Finally, she shares that she feels younger inside than her 72 years of age would indicate. As we age, she reminds us we are still the same people inside - just older and a little more worn out. Her message is overwhelmingly positive and the perspectives and lessons shared in this podcast are a gem of wisdom and life experience anyone can glean from.
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