I know Im not the only one.
to sit and wonder what this is all about......
this thing called faith.
such a heated topic
dont bring it up
unless you are ready.
I guess what gets me the most
is how people use faith
to beat others to a pulp,
the kind of faith that is law- shoulds and shouldnts.....
convictions driving them - horrible acts of crime.
what I am looking for
male or female
that says," I am a christian."
not just with their mouth
If we claim this title.
Should we even have to say it???
Shouldnt it be evident?
not driving to the local church
to sit, sing, up and down- repeat.
Get back in the car and nothing that happened between those 4 walls
really change how they live
the Day in and day out.
drop some money in the plate as it passes by and it will ease my conscious.
read about the orphans, widows, homeless.... my neighbor.
but not really do anything about it.
(you cant possibly be talking about MOI can you?!)
Wear that cross around your neck
but what about the stuff on the inside.
Dont get me wrong,
I am not speaking of perfection.
(did you know-There is no such thing.)
I am not speaking of doing good things
or being a good person- because that will get you into heaven.
( I'll give you firsthand info -it wont work)
nope. None of that.
Im speaking of someone CLAIMING to be a Christian
ant not studying Gods word,
not getting to know the reality of faith.
Cuz the real Christ I know,
will rock your world,
it will cause 40- somethings like my husband and I
to adopt a child with Down Syndrome
at the time our youngest was 16.....
crazy isnt it?!
and if you know me you KNOW I am not saying this to "toot my own horn."
honey I dont even own a horn!!!! (just the mouthpiece)
We didnt really care what anyone else said about the matter
even the ones that said they "knew Him."
because its not between you and I.
When you know that person called Christ,
really know Him
it changes you.
It changes the way you see things
the way you love others.
You cannot sit still and NOT do something,
about what we see day to day going on all around us.
(dont get me wrong either- I am not someone that believes everyone should home school, or adopt, or.......)
But if you are the "real deal"
you better quit sitting on your hands
thinking its someone elses job......
Here, let me give you an illustration.
I heard a story,
goes something like this,
"He was a lawyer, and sold everything.
Moved his family to a far off land, called Ecuador, to start an orphanage......."
When I speak of an orphanage
I am not speaking of places you hear about on other websites.
Orphanages where the children are mistreated, hungry,
dont get proper medical attention and services.
No, what God used this man to do was set an example.
This is how children that have lost the most basic need we all have.......
should be treated.
a place where both physical needs
and emotional needs are met.
I met this man for the first time back in Feb 2010.
At a local Pann*era.
He didnt seem like what I would have imagined
I dont know what I imagined.
But I fell in love.
how could I not????
His eyes radiated that love for Christ
that made me know he was genuine,
and that smile.
Yup, the real deal.
We sat in Pann*era discussing our adoption,
the hard hard place we found ourselves in.
Between a rock and a hard place.
It was gonna take a miracle......
I could tell they felt our anguish.
Not just husband and I,
but they knew our daughter,
they knew a year had passed since she was shown photos of her Mammi and Papi.
They hurt for our Lil G.
They picked up their cell right there and called Ecuador.
Called their office and talked with them about documents
And asked for action by the end of the week.
They had that kind of faith.
They had built that kind of reputation for themselves.
Not long after our return from Ecuador with our little one we learned of his health concerns,
they came back to the States to have tests run. We were all shocked to learn of his diagnosis- ALS- Lou Gehrigs disease.
Its been a year and a half.
I was shocked to learn that he went home,
his real home
on Sunday morning.
I find myself so so sad to know this.
Its all selfish,
I think if I had been with him,
and really knew him like his wife and children
the pain and anguish of knowing he is gone
would be diminished by the fact that it was all grace......
the fact that he didnt have to walk further down that ALS path
really was grace......
so, I will be selfish and cry some more today
and possibly tomorrow,
and well, tears come easy for me.
But I know, that he did it well,
but he took those words on a page and allowed them to really sink in
and make him the man that really did something about it.
Under His wings,