Since I have gotten back from Africa, I haven’t talked about it much. I came back to some pretty hard family stuff of my own so I had no time to really think about what all happened in the two weeks I was there. Looking back over the video footage, I realize how broken some of these kids really are, I also see there contagious joy and loving smiles. I miss them. I miss Africa. It was calm, peaceful, relaxing, beautiful, it was everything my heart desires.
At the core of me I desire to love like Jesus. There is a reason He loved children so much. There so real, so pure, and they just don’t care what others think. I care too much what others think. I feel like I am home when I am with children. They make me feel accepted, I know I can trust them, they love to love, laugh, and rest. I love all of these things, a lot. There is a reason God told us to become like children. Do we really try though? Do we take God serious when He says that? I feel we just pass by it. We are too busy with our lives that are sooo important.
If we don’t have love, we don’t have anything, so I pray that you and I can figure out how to really love and be loved. That is why I am here, to love. God told me that once when I asked him what my purpose was. I asked Him what my mom’s purpose was, my brothers, my dads, I kept naming different people, and the answer was the same, to love. Why do we find it so hard to love? Is it because we have never experienced real love, is it because we are afraid, or because we just don’t know how? I think we are so caught up in ourselves that we forget to love.
I love that Gods word says that the entire bible could rest on these two commands, love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself. If I can get those two things down, I’ll be feeling pretty solid. ☺
These are pictures of children that I met. They love unconditionally. My prayer is that I can be a voice for them, that God would use me and you to help some of the most broken and lonely children in the world. They live everyday without moms and dads, some live without food, and its time for us to do something about it. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?