This Mother's Day is particularly special to me because not only do I have the 2 most amazing kids ever, but also I am reunited this year with several kids from an orphanage I served in 20 years ago in Honduras. In fact I just received a text last night from one of "my orphans" (I hope that title is not offensive to them) saying:
"HAPPY MOTHERS DAY - DIOS LE BENDIGA"Wow! I experienced that jolt of love in my heart that you feel when one of your own loves you back! Relationship is what our time here on earth is all about!
Our Pastor challenged us to pray about sponsoring a child through Compassion International this Mother's Day...pray about it. Hmmmm....So I have been. I don't mean to over-simplify the challenge, but I wonder if I'm praying about sponsoring a child, or really praying about how to add something new to my monthly budget. This may sound a bit crass, but I'm sharing from my heart that if we sponsor another child, it will be so much more than a money decision.
As usual, I came across an interesting part of my daily reading that pertains to this very question. (As you can guess, I don't believe this is coincidence!) In Luke 16 Jesus shares a parable about a shrewd manager. At first I was puzzled by this seeming appreciation of a dishonest manager -- but then I read a commentary that I tend to agree with. The author wrote:
"The Cash value of each reduction was about 500 denarii, what a laborer would earn in 500 days. Jesus does not commend the man's dishonesty but commends his use of the money to prepare for his future. Too often believers use money without considering eternal rewards."
I know through my friend Missy that sponsoring a child is a real blessing. She sponsored a child many years ago and one time I ran into her just after she returned from visiting her sponsored child in Africa! In addition to sending monthly support, she has faithfully prayed for her child over the years -- relationship that spans time and oceans! (Through an organization that does what it says...now THAT is impressive.)
Missy has seen her money used as promised, to help feed, house and educate a precious person. She uses money while considering eternal rewards!