If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know that I have a big place in my heart for Compassion International, and the work they are doing around the world to offer sponsorships for children in need. I am happy to blog for Compassion and share its mission with others because I think it’s important. It’s been awhile though, since I’ve mentioned anything about Compassion. Lately, it’s been easy to go through the motions a little as I follow through with the sponsorships our family has – writing letters, praying, and sending financial gifts – just as part of our normal routine. Why? Because it’s something good and important to do, right? And because the kids are oh so cute, of course.
That is, until I went to see the movie “Lion” this past weekend. Wow wow wow. If you haven’t seen it yet, you must get yourself to a theater soon and experience this remarkable movie that was based on a true story. Just be sure to bring a full box of tissues along. Because this story is so sad… but so hope filled too. I won’t give away much, but the challenges and poverty that the main character has to overcome, and the way these hardships follow him throughout life until he is forced to face them and find some answers – well, it’s amazing. It was so very eye opening to the needs of children around the world today, and the reality of hope seeming so hard to find when you don’t even know where your next meal will come from or where you will sleep that night.
To be honest, I’ve had a few days lately where I just want to throw a pity party because my life is not often going how I planned for it to go. It is amazing how quickly I can go from a “praise God” moment to a “woe is me” moment when I stop focusing on what really matters and get hung up in my own story instead of remembering that this is God’s story, and HE should be the one getting all the glory. But when the reality hits me once again of the poverty and need many people are currently facing, I realize how trivial my little problems are. And I remember all of the blessings I’ve been given by His grace alone and not through anything I did to deserve them. It helps me get my eyes off myself and focus on giving His love to others as a result of His giving His love so lavishly to me.
This is why I probably need our sponsored Compassion children in my life even more than they may need me in theirs. Because their story really has nothing to do with me. God will find a way to provide for them, I wholeheartedly believe. But the sovereign way that He has chosen me to play a part in showing them His love in tangible ways is such a beautiful gift. And when I choose to say “yes” to His work in action, He reminds me how great He is and how small I really am. It’s quite humbling. And it becomes my constant and better “why” as I move through my own moments and days.
So, why do I partner with and promote Compassion? Because I believe I have been given the opportunity to encourage the precious children we sponsor that their Heavenly Father sees and loves them. To remind them that He has a plan for them, no matter how hard life might seem right now. And to invest in their present and future so that they see His love in tangible ways, and hopefully choose to follow Him. The cause of Compassion International is a beautiful thing that is impacting thousands around the world even today. If you want to learn more about how Compassion International is changing the world one child and future at a time, check out the following video below.by