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Monday, October 28, 2013

Balancing act

It's hard to find balance. That's true in so many areas of life. But especially when it comes to facing the truth about the voiceless millions. Whether you are talking refugees, orphans, the poor in America, the persecuted church in Asia or the Middle East, the untouchables in India with no hope, the children sold into slavery, human trafficking, the dead children and wounded women who are victims of the abortion industry....the tendency seems to be either to be consumed by it, or just ignore it.
But what should we do? How should we respond?
Well, luckily for you, a few people smarter than me have spoken on this topic before!

" Most of us care deeply about the needs around us – poverty, injustice, everyday concerns of those in our families and in our offices and in our neighborhoods. But faced with the challenges of getting food on the table and children to and from activities and keeping up with our jobs etc, we feel more than a little overwhelmed. Who has the time or the energy to start another nonprofit or to participate in yet another celebrity-help-the-world-athon? We conclude we have to do something BIG to make a difference. Not true. We don’t have to do something BIG to make a difference. In a Bible story where Mary of Bethany anoints Jesus with a beautiful gift of perfume before his death, Jesus applauds her action saying, “She did what she could.” We can make a difference every day by simply doing what we could in the given moment before us."
~Elisa Morgan

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
Mother Teresa

“At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done.
We will be judged by "I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.”
Mother Teresa

The way I see it you have three choices:
1. Look at picture of starving children all day, walk around with a cloud of doom over your head.
2. Look at catalogs of things to buy all day, walk around in a consumer's haze of false happiness.
3 Look at the world for what it really is every day. Know the needs, do what you can to meet them, and share the joy with everyone you meet.
New Horizons update:
Ninety children remain. Some are sibling groups. With only 59 families we can host them ALL!! Ninety children who will be LEFT BEHIND if they aren't chosen SOON!

Ninety children who NEED to come.
Ninety children who NEED to be loved.
Ninety children who NEED to see Jesus....

Ninety children who NEED to be accepted.
Ninety children who NEED to be blessed.
Ninety children who NEED to be covered in prayer.
Ninety children who NEED to be well fed and clothed.
Ninety children who NEED to be safe.
Ninety children who NEED to be chosen.
Ninety children who NEED to be a part of a loving, functional family,
Why do I love New Horizons so much? I mean, really, there are other people in greater need, right?
I love New Horizons because it ministers to orphans and changes the host family forever. The orphans are cared for and loved on and shown Christ's love. The host family flexes it's faith muscles and gets first hand experience in loving and ministering, thinking of others, focusing on a goal of pouring into someone's life to make an eternal difference- all without leaving the country. After you host, you know more about God's faithfulness, provision, grace, hope, love, goodness, mercy...the list goes on and on. I really believe the Holy Spirit is like gas for your car: If you never take your faith out of the garage, you pretty much exist on fumes. You never know what its like to get your tank topped off. Hosting is like a drive around the block. It seems really big if you've never backed out of the garage before, but it gives you a glimpse of what your ride can really do. And that is life changing.
Hosting is also like having kids- there is never a perfect time. There is never a time in your life when you'll have an extra $2950.00 in change lying around, an extra bedroom, an open schedule, a perfect marriage, and bomb-proof children who couldn't possibly be impacted by having a kid from outside your bubble in their lives 24 hours a day for 4 weeks.
It's not everyone's turn to host this year, but it might be your turn. All I would ask is that you pray about it. "God, here is a need of which I have been made aware. Lead me where you want me to go with this. Give me the faith to hear your voice if you happen to say that you want me to do this."
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
Mother Teresa

"where's your treasure?"


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