If you are wondering where the random man came from...and this is not the first time we've had one come...it is because when you live in a super old neighborhood, you also usually live near the procjects. It is fine, but it is a fact of life :) When we had our adoption yard sale, we had a lady come up from the projects (which she could walk from) and she said, "Well, if you ever need a babysitter, I would love to do it"...and gave me her phone number. Which was really nice and thoughtful :)
Okay, so anyway...this guy came back on Saturday (two days later) and asked if he could do work in the front yard. I told him we didn't need it right now but asked him if there was a way I could contact him. He said, "NO", but asked if I had any money that he could get food with. I said yes.
Obviously we have a passion for the lost and broken. It is my heart to help. My goodness, we are adopting an orphan! But do we really care? Do we care enough? Do I really want to help...or do I just feel like it's what I 'should' do? Because I can't figure out what I will do if he comes back. How do I help the homelss without helping those that will not do the right thing with the money? Do I help anyway and just hope that they do the right thing? How can I make a sustainable change for them and not a temporary fix? I have NO IDEA. It is confusing. How do I follow t he Lord in this area?
It's not keeping me up at night, but it does make me think. Brandon keeps trying to talk me into adopting two babies at once because he says, "imagine if Briar were able to be saved by just providing him food and water....even if we had to make major sacrifices....we would do that! We would do whatever we could to give him life. And that is what those babies are facing in Ethiopia. No future. No life. But we can change that". His heart is so big. I love thinking back to the days right after we got married. We always talked about adopting two. I just don't know if I can do both at one time!!!!! :)
So fun to see the journey our lives are going on. Who knows what will come next.
Trying to follow this commandment. Trying to figure it out.
"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, 'Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.' Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?' And the king will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'
-Matthew 25:31-40 (NRSV)