With all the guzzling of green beer, and pinching that goes on each St. Patrick's Day, it's easy to forget that St. Patrick was a real person.
Here are 5 reasons we think he's totally worth celebrating...
1. St. Patrick didn't give up.
As a boy, St. Patrick had a decent amount of money and status as an aristocrat in Britain, but that all changed when he was kidnapped by Irish raiders at the age of 16. He spent years, and years of his early life in harsh conditions, cold, and enslaved as a shepherd in Ireland.
St. Patrick could have just felt sorry for himself, lost hope, and accepted his fate as a slave, but when God told him it was time to leave Ireland, he had the guts to make a daring escape from slavery and return to Britain...which brings us to our next point...
2. St. Patrick listened to God.
When God told St. Patrick to do something, he did it.
After escaping slavery...God told St. Patrick to go BACK to Ireland to minister to the same people who had captured and mistreated him.
After what he'd been through, you'd expect St. Patrick to be more likely to set Ireland on fire than to lovingly minister to it's people, but he humbly accepted this task, and did the unthinkable...He went back.
3. St. Patrick was forgiving.
Instead of developing an intense hate for the people who had taken his freedom and destroyed his childhood, St. Patrick chose to be obedient to God's call, and spend his life caring for them.
4. St. Patrick worked Hard.
St. Patrick spent decades ministering to the Irish people. He built schools, churches, monasteries, and more. He traveled tirelessly, and ministered to the people of Ireland at every opportunity. When it came to loving people and telling them about God, Patrick was all in.
5. St. Patrick was BOLD!
St. Patrick risked his life to escape slavery, he started a ministry in a place that was against him, he forgave the unforgivable, he was criticized for his actions, he was imprisoned multiple times, and he endured it all for years and years to care for the people God loves.
We think that's worth celebrating.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
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