Adam and I received some criticism this past week, in regards to us fundraising for the adoption. I won’t go into details. It’s not really important, to be honest. We don’t even know who the criticism was from, as it was presented to us anonymously.
In this life we will be criticized for what we do, and don’t do, and that’s ok. My initial reaction to criticism is to become defensive, or cry (because I am sinfully more concerned about pleasing people, rather than God). Thankfully, God gifted me with a husband who is able to see things clearly in the midst of us being criticized, and he led us through it with a lot of grace.
So what did we do? We considered the criticism. We never want to disregard something someone has to say about us….even the most negative, unfair, criticism. We took some time to seriously consider what was said about us, prayed about it, and came to the conclusion that the decisions we have made for our family is what works best for us. We believe that our decisions are honoring to God, and we are being faithful with what we have.
As my former boss with Campus Crusade for Christ, (Dan Flynn), would always say….“It’s enough that Jesus knows.” That is so true. Jesus knows our hearts, and the motives behind it, and that brings extreme comfort and peace to my anxious soul. He will be the final judge.
This particular criticism got me thinking about a lot of things. A pretty exciting idea was sparked from it, that I won’t share now, but maybe sometime in the future….I may need to thank “anonymous” one day for this one 🙂 It also got me thinking about why we are fundraising for the adoption in the first place. There are a number of reasons why, but here’s one that I will focus on:
We are fundraising because we believe that every Christian is commanded to care for orphans (and widows, but we’re focusing on the orphans right now). Just to be clear, we do NOT believe every Christian is called to adopt. However, we DO believe that bringing justice to the fatherless is something that every Christian is commanded to take part in. This can look a multitude of ways. Some examples may include adopting, a short-term trip to a Haitian orphanage with your church, foster or interim care in the US, praying for and/or helping financially someone who is adopting, loving and supporting those in your local church who have adopted, sending care packages to orphanages, or volunteering with a local pregnancy center or ministry to birthmothers.
Adam and I take this command seriously, and our hope is that our heart for wanting you alongside of us in this journey has been communicated clearly. Praying for us, and financially supporting us, is one of many ways that you can be faithful to care for orphans. Our heart is to see justice brought to the fatherless and we are not concerned if that is through your partnership with us, or through one of the many other ways. It’s about God getting all the glory, and that is our main concern.
Speaking of fundraising…..we are $1,757 away from our January 4th home study goal!! Yay!!!
We are so thankful and can’t stop praising God for His provision. He. Is. So. Faithful.