I have a confession. I want to help every single family I come across with their fundraisers. Not the smartest thing to do when you’re also fundraising, huh? It’s hard! All of the bows I’ve bought have been from someone else’s fundraiser, so that’s okay, right? My girl has to have bows!
Can I tell you why I think this is hard for me?? I firmly believe that God has put the desire in my heart to advocate for the hurting, the children without homes, those who are less fortunate, underprivileged. The poor. The “least of these.” Who speaks for those without a voice if it’s not me? Or you? It can’t always be someone else’s problem. Jesus offers restoration, not condemnation. He didn’t create anyone to be disregarded or forgotten. You know that verse in Jeremiah 1 that we all quote? The one we have on our nursery walls?
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
That’s not only for the babies whose mamas are thrilled to have them. Or the moms who wished they could keep their baby but they couldn’t. It’s not only for the good people. The successful people. You or me. It’s for everyone that was created. The poor and hurting. The lonely. Those that are different from me. The people who we act like we don’t see.
(Remember John 13:34…? “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.“) Since we’re quoting scripture.
I like what 1 John 3 says…but first, here’s my disclaimer. I am not a theologian. At all. (did I even spell that right??) This is just what resonates within me these days….
16 “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
A while back I was reading a devotional that I get emailed every day. Within it was a call to other “dreamers.” The author, Holley Gerth, asked for those who wanted to be connected with other God sized dreamers to apply. She would then choose a number of bloggers to connect and start working on their dreams together and encouraging other women. I didn’t apply. The end. Not really……a couple of weeks later, I remembered the devotion article and thought I would take another look. I almost missed the deadline. I thought it would already be closed. But I applied anyway. About a month later, I got an email welcoming me to the God Sized Dream Team. Wha??? Craziness, I tell ya! I have “met” the other bloggers and I need to let you in on something. I’m in over my head. Fo’ real. There are real bloggers in the group. (please don’t tell them how I sound when I talk- or that I laugh so loud it’s embarrassing! Or that my banana bread totally flopped this weekend and I am still trying to figure out why! I know. I need to let that go.)
I’m so, so excited to be part of this group. I have no idea what we’ll be doing other than encouraging each other to step out and live our dream. We all need someone pushing us along-you know, so we don’t “forget” what we were supposed to be doing. It’s easy to give up when you’re scared of what people will think. You know what I mean, right? When you share your heart and someone feels led to point out why that won’t work, or was a bad idea. Oh, you know. (Please don’t be that person.)
Whatever I gather from this group of ladies, I will be thankful for. And I will be passing it right along …..straight to you. (like it or not!) In the meantime, I hope to learn how to blog.