Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Matthew 6:19-24
Thursday, August 2, 2012
When people hear that we are going through the adoption process again we are almost always asked... "why"? ... Why in the world would we want to adopt again? Why would we want more kids? Don't we ever want to retire? God has placed a very heavy burden on my heart for orphans and I can think of 143 million reasons why we are taking this step again. While we are not able to change the circumstances for all of them, we can do our part and be a family to some. Unfortunately our society has a distorted view of what makes our life of valuable. From an early age we are told that we have to have a bank account with lots of money in it, a big house full of expensive things and a fancy car in the driveway if we are going to be considered a success. It's the "American Dream". Spend your whole life wrapped up in trying to accumulate more and in the end be more miserable then you were when you had less, but could work less and had time to enjoy your life. While working to support your family is very important, and a decent house and reliable car are necessities, I believe that our society has it's priorities all messed up. Life is not all about accumulating more things. Having lots of things can NEVER make you happy. Having them may excite you for awhile, but in the end that excitement always wears off and you are left needing something else. True joy comes only from the Lord. He is the only one who can make you feel complete. We have been put here to go into this world and bring it back to him. How better to do that then to raise these children who by no fault of their own have been left fatherless and teach them about their Heavenly Father who loves them? I will have plenty of time to rest and relax when the Lord calls me home. Until that day I want to be surrounded by His children. Children we can raise to serve Him in mighty ways. The truth being told I LOVE having children in my home and I am so excited to add another. Because in the end it does not matter how much stuff we have accumulated, the only legacy that will be left behind when we are gone is our children anyway. They are my treasure.