"The mark of a christian, is their love for the least." ~Max Lucado
Bethany was talking about how nice her room is, and I was agreeing with her. She said, "Yeah, some kids in Costa Rica don't have nice rooms like this." She has had this thing about the children in Costa Rica, ever since my dad went there on a mission trip last year. I told her it's not just those children, but children in our own state don't have nice rooms like her. This led us onto, "Why doesn't God bless them?"
Hard question to answer, but aren't all Bethany's questions hard?!
I explained that everyone is blessed in different ways, but maybe some of them didn't have a daddy who works hard to provide for them. I said, "Some children don't even know their daddy or live with their daddy. Some children, don't have a mommy or a daddy who can take care of them and then they have to live with strangers." I went on to briefly explain that many times the strangers aren't nice to the children.
This may seem kinda harsh to tell a 4 year old, but Bethany is easily discontent, very inward focused. I am continually trying to get her to realize how we are incredibly blessed. Gratefulness, has yet to be ingrained on her heart. Most of the time, an entitlement attitude is the fruit she bears. It's a gradual process, so I've been trying to slowly, gently open her eyes for over a year now.
I was so shocked and impressed to hear these words, "I have a cool idea Mommy, how 'bout this, we have this big house, Jophie and me have plenty of room, we could get those children and bring them here. We have plenty of clothes they could wear. We have lots of food for them to eat." The excitement in her voice was building and her eyes became passionate as she said, "If they get sick, we can take them to Dr. ---- and she will make them feel better, and you and Daddy, y'all are good mommy's and daddy's you would love them and take good care of them."
Of course, I agreed with her and so wish we could gather up an armful of hurting children and love them forever. I know it's not just that simple, nor would it be that pretty and perfect. At this point, we're not in a place to dive into something like that. I don't feel it would be wise to do, especially while our children are so young. I will never say never.
Bethany has been questioning and really wanting to get this show on the road though. Two days since her grand rescue mission and she has already planned out for "Papaw to go to Costa Rica and bring us back a bunch, if we can't get any children in our state".
I told her to pray and tell God what she is wanting to do. I told her we couldn't help them all, but God might have one or two for us to love, and for her to pray about it.
There can be no better feeling than seeing my children finally get something. I pray that as her heart softens, God will ingrain His plan on her heart. And that we too, would be an example to our children of being the hands and feet of Christ. Not just in words, but also in deeds.
1 Timothy 6:17-19
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.