Monday, September 10, 2012

What Matters Most

It was a wonderful, relaxing weekend full of lawn mowing, football games, soccer games and lots and lots of talk about India. 

First was pancakes with friends planning to travel to India next summer.

Then, a Team India reunion.

Also, this weekend I had the chance to revisit a friend's blog. She has spent time in India and her words challenged me so much. The challenge was ringing in my ears last night so, I wanted to pass it along. Read it for yourself and see if it isn't so for you as well. 

Isaiah 58:10 says, “…spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed.”  Many people I have met have told me they would like to adopt or go on a mission trip but can’t afford it or don’t have the time.  Of course there are other things one could be doing with one's time and money.  Fun things, and even needful things.  But it says “spend yourselves”.  The Amplified Bible renders this “…pour out that with which you sustain your own life…” 
God is asking us to sacrifice; to give up a bit of the all-American dream for the hungry and oppressed.  I have been humbled here to see what is really necessary for life, it's not much.  Several months ago Gabi asked, “Why does everyone else have nice furniture?”  “They have furniture, you have siblings,” I answered, “One is earthly, the other’s eternal.”  Shortly after this we were blessed with some like-new furniture from someone who sold their beach house.  God doesn’t disregard our desires.  We don’t all have to live like monks on bread and water.  He does tell us, however, to store up our treasures in heaven.  Before writing off making a bold move, like adopting or taking a trip to volunteer in a far away land, consider the blessings God has given you.  Consider the sacrifices you may be able to make.  And consider where you want your treasures to be.

I could stop right there with that. It could use some mulling over. But I will give one quick adoption update before I do. This week, by week's end, our paperwork should be in the hands of orphanage workers. The more we've found out about this place, the more grateful and awed we are. Our daughter is (or will be) in a good, good place where she is being given incredible care. How could a mom and dad ask for more? She hears Bible stories daily, is learning the love of a family through a foster program and gets routine medical check-ups. We are beyond grateful and very excited for the workers to have our pictures and packet. And soon enough, the six photo pages and beaucoups of papers I handed to the UPS worker will be in Karnataka where big things will happen! It's just a matter of time! :) 

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