I get so discouraged when I hear Christians bash others and talk about all the problems we face in the world, but don’t seem to really do much more than talk.
I used to pray that God would feed the hungry, or do this or that, but now I pray that He will guide me to do whatever I’m supposed to do. I used to pray for answers, but now I’m praying for strength. I used to believe that prayer changes things but now I know that prayer changes us and we change things.
God has called my family into foster care ministry and so obviously my thoughts tend to go towards this world quite often. The foster care system is broken. Yes. But will complaining, demeaning workers, birth families, judges, or the system fix anything?
I doubt it. In fact, I believe this kind of talk only makes Jesus look bad and this makes me so sad. How will they ever know that there is more? How will they ever desire to open their hearts to His deep and abundant love if they only see His people talk about what is wrong?
Let us be a people who do something about it. A people who serve and step in to ask “how can I help?” Let us be a people who simply take one imperfect step in front of the other and do something, anything, to support, serve, care, be available…instead of attacking, complaining, or demeaning.
I have been given the opportunity more than once to stand before state foster care workers in my community and remind them that The Forgotten Initiative is not just a social justice movement but rather we are simply being who Jesus has called us to be. We are trying to live how He lived and love how He loves. These workers have experienced service and support from their community for over 7 years and because of this, they hear me. I get to share Jesus, and not only do they NOT throw me out of the room 🙂 but we have a relationship of mutual respect.
I get to tell them that the Body of Christ in their community is made up of a group of people who are not going to just talk about what they don’t like, but instead are men and women who truly care about them and are willing to back this up with their actions.
Let us follow the example of Jesus and step into the broken, the mess, the… dare I say it, the dangerous, and be willing to get our feet and hands dirty FOR those who are hurting. We are not here to talk about it. We are here to take up our cross daily and follow Him!
We do not have time to waste! Let us be who He has created us to be.
Jami is the founder and Executive Director of The Forgotten Initiative. Jami and her husband, Clint, are parents to seven children: two biological daughters, two sons adopted internationally (Guatemala and Uganda) and a sibling set of three (two boys and a girl) adopted from foster care. Jami shared often on her blog, Life with a Personal God, during her family’s adoption and foster care journeys, and she is now sharing them here in hopes of being an encouragement to you!