I’ve talked to many people over the years who have asked us the question, “Why did you adopt and why did you adopt from Haiti?” My short answer is, “God called us to.”
I read an article recently on Catalyst that touched on some very important thoughts about being called. Whether it’s called to the ministry, called to minister to others without being a full time occupational minister or called to other things, the article has 8 very important points. I’m going to share one point a day – but you can read the entire article here.
Live for the Applause of Nail-Scarred Hands. How does the saying go, “you can please some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.” So, live for the applause of Nail Scarred Hands. Live your life and your calling to do what Jesus would want you to.
That means that you don’t need to be concerned about what other people think. Do what God want you to and the rest will take care of itself.
That means that you need to spend more time making sure that what you are doing aligns with God’s Word and less time making sure that it keeps people happy.
That means that whatever you do needs to have a heaven –based perspective in it. You’re doing whatever God has called you to in order to make a heaven bound difference, not a superficial earthly difference.
I have a dream. Actually I have a lot of dreams – but none of them are quite as broad and visionary as Dr. King’s goal was.
But I see a lot of pain in this world and I have a dream of doing something about it. Actually I see a lot of possibilities of doing something about it.
One of the “somethings” that we’re doing is this coming Saturday, March 29 from 12:00 to 4:00 PM. What is it?
It’s our “semi annual” (but not always) Haitian adoption gathering. It’s an opportunity for those of us who have adopted from Haiti, have worked in Haiti, have thought about Haiti to come hang out and play and talk and eat.
No set agenda, just an ability to be friends, to renew friendships, to get caught up on ideas, kids, stories and more.
So, what’s my dream? Being an adoptive parent can very often be a lonely endeavor. Very few of our “local” friends and family understand the unique challenges that parenting adopted kids can be. I want to do things and create things that will help adoptive families feel more connected and more supported.
It’s a step in the right direction, if you know anyone who is located within a reasonable distance to the Grand Rapids Michigan area, tell them about it. We’d love to have more people show up and connect with others with connections to Haiti.