Adoption: Part Two

After the Compassion International presentation, Carlos Whittaker and Ken Coleman shared their stories via video of adding adopted children to their families. As the lead singer of Third Day took the stage to tell the story of his family adopting a baby boy this past February, I was once again overcome by emotion. Warning: I am about to be transparent in a way I haven’t been in a long time. For many many years I have had a desire to adopt those children that no one wanted. I have not been in a life situation where that was possible – and I am not, today, in a life situation where it is possible. But I pray that if it is a desire that God has placed in my heart that one day I am in a life situation where it is possible.

As he concluded his story and Lanny Donaho informed him he couldn’t leave unless he sang a song, a group of children joined him on the stage to sing. As I watched their excitement, energy, and joy, I again thought that any child that is born could grow up to be ANYONE! They could grow up to be the next Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Amy Figg, Eric Murray, Laurel Denmon, Jay Beverage, Paula DeCarlo, Dave Helfrich, Kerry Smith, David Rowe, or any of the other people who have made such a huge impact on my life and the life of others. But if not given the chance, they will never reach their potential. They may never become the person God created them to be if we don’t do the things God creates us to do.

So may God grant me the courage to be the person he created me to be and to do those things he has created me to do … no matter how scary and crazy they might seem.

Disclaimer: There are many other people who have made a huge impact on my life, but it was impossible for me to name them all here.

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  • Tambryn

    I agree, if you don’t have anyone to support you, tell you you’re worth at least teaching simple skills to, and give you one helping hand to start improving yourself, how can you ever believe you can do all that God created you to do?!

    While it’s hard for many of us to be able to commit to sponsoring a child in these tough times, there are lots of good places to donate groups giving children a chance to grow. As a semi-shameless plug, my church is becoming very involved with an orphanage in Kenya that takes kids off of the street who don’t qualify even to go to school, and gives them a place to sleep and a lower level education (http://www.prumc.org/index.php?option=com_jevents&task=icalrepeat.detail&evid=147219&Itemid=361&year=2010&month=03&day=04&uid=d09cf5ead02ade7d7625a1bbc9d63411&catids=55) Donate: (http://prumc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=59&Itemid=152). Of course, I’m sure that there are agencies here in the US that are helping kids here too.

  • Tambryn

    I agree, if you don’t have anyone to support you, tell you you’re worth at least teaching simple skills to, and give you one helping hand to start improving yourself, how can you ever believe you can do all that God created you to do?!

    While it’s hard for many of us to be able to commit to sponsoring a child in these tough times, there are lots of good places to donate groups giving children a chance to grow. As a semi-shameless plug, my church is becoming very involved with an orphanage in Kenya that takes kids off of the street who don’t qualify even to go to school, and gives them a place to sleep and a lower level education (http://www.prumc.org/index.php?option=com_jevents&task=icalrepeat.detail&evid=147219&Itemid=361&year=2010&month=03&day=04&uid=d09cf5ead02ade7d7625a1bbc9d63411&catids=55) Donate: (http://prumc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=59&Itemid=152). Of course, I’m sure that there are agencies here in the US that are helping kids here too.

  • Tambryn

    I agree, if you don't have anyone to support you, tell you you're worth at least teaching simple skills to, and give you one helping hand to start improving yourself, how can you ever believe you can do all that God created you to do?!<br />
    <br />
    While it's hard for many of us to be able to commit to sponsoring a child in these tough times, there are lots of good places to donate groups giving children a chance to grow. As a semi-shameless plug, my church is becoming very involved with an orphanage in Kenya that takes kids off of the street who don't qualify even to go to school, and gives them a place to sleep and a lower level education (<a href="http://www.prumc.org/index.php?option=com_jevents&amp;task=icalrepeat.detail&amp;evid=147219&amp;Itemid=361&amp;year=2010&amp;month=03&amp;day=04&amp;uid=d09cf5ead02ade7d7625a1bbc9d63411&amp;catids=55)" target="_blank">http://www.prumc.org/index.php?option=com_jevents…</a> Donate: (<a href="http://prumc.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=59&amp;Itemid=152)." target="_blank">http://prumc.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp…</a> Of course, I'm sure that there are agencies here in the US that are helping kids here too.

  • http://www.thejoyofhome.blogspot.com Dianna

    You might like or want to read the book Adopted For Life by Russell Moore. He adopted two boys from Russia and one of his passions is to see how we are all adopted and therefore adoption is something that Christ would have us do! I haven’t read the book yet, but I have heard great things about it.

    May the Lord grant your desire to adopt a child one day. My husband and I have thought about adopting as well. Children are such an incredible blessing and it would be such a privilege to give an orphan a home – a perfect picture of what Christ has done for us!

    Blessings,
    Dianna

  • http://www.thejoyofhome.blogspot.com/ Dianna

    You might like or want to read the book Adopted For Life by Russell Moore. He adopted two boys from Russia and one of his passions is to see how we are all adopted and therefore adoption is something that Christ would have us do! I haven’t read the book yet, but I have heard great things about it.

    May the Lord grant your desire to adopt a child one day. My husband and I have thought about adopting as well. Children are such an incredible blessing and it would be such a privilege to give an orphan a home – a perfect picture of what Christ has done for us!

    Blessings,
    Dianna

  • Dianna

    You might like or want to read the book Adopted For Life by Russell Moore. He adopted two boys from Russia and one of his passions is to see how we are all adopted and therefore adoption is something that Christ would have us do! I haven't read the book yet, but I have heard great things about it. <br />
    <br />
    May the Lord grant your desire to adopt a child one day. My husband and I have thought about adopting as well. Children are such an incredible blessing and it would be such a privilege to give an orphan a home – a perfect picture of what Christ has done for us! <br />
    <br />
    Blessings,<br />
    Dianna