Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Stuck

Have you ever felt stuck?

Stuck in your circumstances?

Stuck without any idea how to get out?

Stuck without the means to change things?

Stuck without any hope?

Stuck without having anyone on your side to help you?

Stuck without having a voice to even ask for the help you so desperately need?

Stuck without any chance or opportunity to have a future?

Stuck without a family to call your own?

Sadly at this very moment there are over 10 million children who know exactly what it feels like to be stuck.   Tragically many of them have no clue how horribly they are being treated or that they are being forgotten.   Which is honestly a blessing in a very sad way.

Over the years people have called us, “saints” for adopting seven children.  We are far from saints.  We are two people who simply said yes to opening our home and hearts to one more child, when God showed us their need.  Many have said things to us that we can only shake our heads at.   Because they are so ridiculous, selfish, rude, and un-thoughtful that any other response is not worth our time or energy.

I want you to imagine for a minute you are a child locked up in an orphanage.  

I want you to imagine that you rarely get touched, cleaned, fed, or spoken to.

I want you to imagine that you most likely stare up at the ceiling all day and never get to walk around – let alone play with any toys.

I want you to imagine what it would be like to never have the sun on your face.

I want you to imagine what it would be like to never hear a soft voice whisper before bed, “I love you.”

I want you to imagine what it would be like to be afraid to allow yourself to hope for a mom and dad of your own.

I want you to imagine what it would be like to live inside four walls and maybe never leave them.

I want you to imagine what it would be like to never smell clean sheets, use toilet paper, or drink clean water.

I want you to imagine eating the same slop every single day.  Food completely void of nutrition.  You are so skinny it is next to impossible for you to hold yourself up or sit or even try to walk.

I want you to imagine what it would be like to cry and have no tears left.   You become so numb your surroundings and lack of stimulation become a comfort to you.

Would you feel stuck?

Like I said, over 10 million children live this way every single day. 

147 million are living around the world as orphans.  

What is your excuse for allowing this number to keep climbing?   What is your excuse to leave them stuck without any hope?

Could you truly look any of these children in the face and tell them they are not worthy of having a family of their own?

Well every single day that you remain silent and don’t join forces with those who are trying to help these children – you have told them they are stuck, hopeless, worthless, and deserve exactly what they are getting.

Take a good look at our children – would you be willing to tell them they would have been better off stuck and sadly left to die in their countries? 

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I stay pretty quiet about adoption because it has been the hardest journey of my life.  Raising several children with issues that they may very well struggle with for life is no easy undertaking.   Raising children to live under the grace and love of God is a full time job.    Because choosing daily to live for Him means sacrificing so much of what the world has to offer and  a much easier way of doing things.   I may not have chosen this exact path for myself – but I would rather live every day ensuring that each of our children know deep within their heart and souls, that they have been given more than hope – they have a forever family that loves them with every fiber of their beings.   They will never find themselves stuck again – alone!  God, made sure of that the day He called us to begin adopting!

I read the following quote last night before posting this today…perfect timing as usual by God!

Defining Adoption
ADOPTION COULD WELL BE DEFINED AS A LIFE CHANGING PROCESS THAT SO SHAKES YOUR WORLD, NOTHING - INCLUDING YOURSELF- IS RECOGNIZABLE AT THE END OF IT. The AWESOME BEAUTY of it is that it grows not only your family, but your heart, your joy, and your dreams. It is lovely, frustrating, beautiful, heart wrenching, awesome and miraculous.

Every day God uses our children to remind me that this life is NOT about me or anything I want.  It is all about His will, His way, His truth, and His love.  If I make it about anything else, then I don’t really know Him or love Him.

Friends, if you made it this far, you are without excuse for not speaking up and doing more than just taking two minutes to watch the following video.   I pray you will share it with everyone  you know.  It is time to stop being silent and meeting the very basic of needs for every child around the world {A FOREVER FAMILY}.  When we begin to work together on this – we actually have a fighting chance to end human trafficking as well!

 

STUCK TRAILER from Both Ends Burning Campaign on Vimeo.

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PS Don’t stop learning about this situation, please.  Continue learning how serious it is by reading this post.

1 comment:

  1. My heart breaks for all of these precious, "stuck" kids.... no matter where you turn, there's always another who is hurt, lonely, neglected, suffering.... Thank God for the few willing to help make a difference in their lives!

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