Sunday, November 3, 2013

This May Be Uncomfortable...

I am emotionally exhausted. Every once and a while, I go through an extremely emotional night. I feel for others so much sometimes, that it physically exhausts me. Eventually, I have to stop reading blogs or sign off Facebook so I can't read another story about a father of three that passed away from cancer at 40 or a child that slipped into a neighbor's swimming pool unattended. These are people I have never met, a friend of a friend of a friend. But still, I just cry. Weep is maybe a better word. I get that knot in my throat where it makes it hard to swallow. The tears pool up in my eyes until they fall down my face. Tonight it was an ugly cry that I couldn't keep quiet. I think I get this from my dad who got it from his dad. When I listen to a story, I can't help but put my family in their shoes... What if that was my child? How would I feel if... I am glad I feel for others. I prefer that over the alternative.
Today was Orphan Sunday. I read several blogs and watched a few videos, sending me into a downward spiral of emotion. But it stopped as I read this one blog. This lady hit the nail on the head. So many people wait until they are "called" to make a move. We leave the mission trips to those called to be missionaries. We leave the preaching for the preachers. And don't you dare adopt if you haven't been "called" to do it. But the thing we miss too often if that we are not called, but COMMANDED to do these things. Now, I am aware that I fail miserably everyday. There will be people that read this post and walk away mad or annoyed. I am sorry. Will is probably going to cringe and be nervous the entire time he is reading... sorry, love. I can't help it though. This is life... to care for others. To LOVE others. To encourage each other and do life together. Sit and listen... or talk! Tell people how you feel and what you are going through, even if it is uncomfortable. Not everyone will adopt. I get that. I just ask, that we look closely at what we are commanded to do. Love God. Love people. Whatever it looks like for you. Take care of each other. Don't just talk about God's love, but show it. Teach your children how to love selflessly, by loving selflessly. Leave the legacy of love.

"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. 
But the greatest of these is love."
 -1 Corinthians 13:13


Side Note... We are one step closer! This is our Family Book for the Adoption Agency!!!