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Tuesday, March 2, 2010
I just returned from the Nashville airport where we welcomed the Mihnovich sibling group from Ethiopia. There are FOUR of them and these children are BREATHTAKING. I remember when Tracey told me that they were going to start the paperwork on them....my thoughts were "a sibling group of four? now THAT IS RADICAL!" I even thought that same thought on the way to the airport tonight.... FOUR at one time? RADICAL.
I am going to be very vulnerable and share my heart. I am struggling. I have a significant battle going on between my heart and my mind. There are "truths" that I KNOW from scripture and there are "truths" that I feel just from my relationship with my sweet Savior and then there are "beliefs" that I am surrounded by on a daily basis because of our culture.
As I looked at each one of the Mihnovich children I thought about how their parents passed and they were left as orphans with NO ONE to care for them. I got ANGRY. Not just a little angry...a LOT ANGRY. which leads me to my question..." WHAT ARE WE DOING? There are MILLLIONS of sibling groups living alone, with no running water, no bathrooms, no blankets, and no pillow. I often think.... If people were driving down the street in Brentwood (where I live) and saw children digging through the trash for food...what would they do? turn their head? If you were walking out of Kroger and saw a child shoeless, sitting on the ground asking for money to eat..what would you do? turn away? I know that not everyone is "called" to take a child into their home.....but why not? If "believers" are not "called" to care for these children THEN who is? My head is telling me "not every believer can take an extra child in" and my heart is asking my head"why not?" I cannot understand how people that have a personal relationship with Christ can KNOW that this is going on all around them and not do anything to help. So, my head takes this a step further....if Jesus Christ (in the flesh) was digging through the trash, how many people would stop and feed him? If Jesus Christ did not have a home, who would take him in? Wouldn't all believers be HONORED to have Jesus live in their home? Even if it was a bit of an inconvenience? I mean, it would be an extra mouth to feed. It also would totally change the dynamics of your household (sleeping, clothing, grocery bill, laundry). You might not even have "time for yourself" because you would have an extra person to think about. NOW, the truth that I know from scripture is Matthew 25:45 which says that Christ will reply "I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me." Sometimes I try to take things out of context in the bible but this one is pretty clear...don't you think?
Now, hear me say, I KNOW that there are families out there that are dealing with significant issues that leave them unable to bring other children in . BUT, also hear me say that the bible says that if you are a born again believer in Jesus Christ then you are RESPONSIBLE for these children.
One of the first things that we strive for as believers if to be Christlike. If Christ KNEW that there were children with no one to hold them, what would HE do? turn away? If Christ KNEW that there were children that needed a home, what would HE do? If Christ KNEW that there were children that were hungry, what would HE do? As believers, if we are doing all that is possible to be Christ-like..then why are there hundreds of MILLIONS of children with no one to love them? I simply do not understand.
I have a friend that when she traveled to get her child, he would purr like a kitten every time she would hug him. when I heard that, my heart broke in half. He was longing for love so badly that when he finally felt those warm arms around him, he would purr with contentment. A CHILD longing for love so BADLY that he couldn't contain himself when he FINALLY knew what it felt like to be loved. while this is sweet, how heartbreaking is it? I do not think that children are suppose to long for love this badly. I think that as the body of Christ we should NOT be able to go through a normal day KNOWING that there are children out there with such longing in their hearts. It ought to bother us so badly that we can't sleep at night. How did we get to this point? How did we get so numb to these facts? So, what is going to be our response when we stand before Christ? What will we say? "I bought some Ugandan beads?" (while that feeds meals to children in Uganda...probably not going to cut it when we stand before the Savior)
Now, I must admit that it wasn't until I haven't had time to myself or my days are filled with preschoolers that I even stopped to think about what I did with the time that I had. I want to challenge you. For 1 week, let's write down each day what we do to serve someone else. Every time you do something that is serving someone else write it down. At the end of the week,
compare the hours that are spent serving others to the rest of your day. Be honest. If your job consists of serving then you must have a heart check and see what parts of it have eternal value.
We might get just a small glimpse of how Christ sees us. scary huh?!
- I am a lover of Jesus. I have the most fabulous husband that anyone woman could ask for. The Lord has blessed us with 7 beautiful children. I started this blog so that friends and family could follow our trip to Uganda to visit Katie Davis. I have decided to keep blogging to help bring orphan awareness to the world around me.