Choosing to Act
Strange things happen when you choose to act based upon something that is inside your heart. Your actions may not make sense to others. You may feel overwhelmingly excited, only to encounter those who aren’t. Your judgment may be questioned and ridiculed. People will ask you “why?” with an answer already formed in their minds. Some may even believe you have not researched, prayed, and seriously considered your decision.
Chances are, you’ve made a decision in your life and have similar experiences.
When you decide to act, when you’ve made a decision to be a force for good in the world, people are not always going to know how to react. That’s okay. When you choose to be bold in your faith, to step out in faith, or to put your life on “hold” as you seek to serve – people aren’t going to understand because it is unusual.
One of the things we did, that put us in a vulnerable place was adopting, and another was hosting children from a foreign country in our home for six weeks this summer. The children we have encountered are special, each having their own unique story, as well as needs.
What we experienced is indescribable. You witness firsthand the impacts of loss. You are confronted with all of the excess we have. You gain an understanding of how amazing our country is. You learn about yourself. You seek clarity of purpose.
You give. You sacrifice. You learn. You pray.
When you experience times of doubt, when you hear people question your motives or judgment, lean on God. Slowdown, stop, reflect, and listen. Then get back to focusing on others and doing good.