Monday Motivator-living beyond me

That is a heavy title for a Monday, am I right? Heavy or not, I like to start my week off in a positive manner.  Every Monday, this blog will feature a “Monday Motivator” segment.  The purpose is to provide each of us with ideas of not only how to love ourselves and our immediate friends and family as Jesus does, but also how to help others in our community and beyond.

Last week while listening to the radio in the car, I was moved by the child sponsorship drive that was taking place on one of the radio stations. The stories of the deplorable living conditions and dangers that these kids face are just sickening. It was a harsh reminder that not all children are as fortunate as mine and I was truly moved by the number of people who called in to sponsor a child.

I have a son who is 9 and a daughter who is 5. Last summer while checking out at a Christian bookstore, the clerk told me of their sponsorship of World Vision and of the children who needed to be “adopted”. As my children very typically ask me at check-out for a sucker or gum or whatever they can spot at the time, I decided that it was the perfect opportunity for our family to sponsor a child. I do not want my children growing with the false reality that all kids grow up like them. They need to know that the world is bigger than just our community and that there are children all over the world who go to bed hungry or who have lost parents to diseases that are preventable in the United States.

So, we sponsored Carlos. He is a beautiful 8 year old boy from Bolivia (see his photo below) . We have exchanged letters and videos with Carlos and his family. It is amazing how much $35 a month can bless this family of 5, but the beauty of the sponsorship is that the blessing works both ways!

Matthew 18:5 reads “And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me”. Jesus is alive in each of us and he calls us to be his hands and his feet. I want to be a woman who is known by my grace, love, humility and a giving heart.  I pray that for each of us; that we would have the courage to live our lives so that we would be recognized as Christians by our actions.

Please leave your comments below on how a sponsorship has influenced your family, or you personally. If you would like more information on how to sponsor a child, visit www.worldvision.org or www.compassion.org

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-Remember to liveHislove

carlos

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