Friday, March 11, 2011

What does James 1:27 mean for ME?

I have been pondering that lately.  James 1:27

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. 

What does it mean?  For me?  

There is no doubt the Lord has given me a passion for orphans.  People have passions for many things.  It is what makes their heart beat.  What gets them so excited they can't sleep.  Or makes them ache so much they can't breathe.

Orphans.  My heartbeat.

Now to figure out what it means.  Does it mean I am supposed to adopt.  Again?

Does it mean I am supposed to go on a mission trip each year and work with orphans.

Does it mean that our family is supposed to give to others so they can adopt?

Does it mean I need to get involved in Foster Care?  (which we have looked into)

Does it mean I am to advocate and fight for those left behind? 

Does it mean all of the above?  Or none of the above. 

Because if we continue to add to our family through adoption, it gives us less of a chance to help out in all the other ways.

So what is the answer? Am I more useful in being able to GO and serve. 

Or bringing more home as my children. 

Helping others who are willing, but can't afford it?

Or parenting my own.

I wish the answer was clear.  We have no idea, we just know that the Lord is asking us to figure it out. Sure would be nice if He sent an email to clarify "figure it out".   We know that many have an opinion on what we should do.  For the record, we don't care.  ;-)   We serve an audience of ONE, and we will do as He tells us.  As I travel to China, and work with the orphans this summer,  I have a feeling He is going to show me our answer.  Till then we pray and listen and dream of all the things He has planned.

Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. 
Fight for the rights of widows.
Isaiah 1:17


Love for Lilly Yin said...

I think he will show you there as well. Its odd that you said that. I struggle as well. I see so many children everyday on the list. No one is more deserving than the next for a family. It KILLS me.

DawnS said...

I have been pondering the exact same thing. Right now I am just trying to be patient and wait for direction and do what I can wherever I can. Personally I would like it to be another adoption, but that seems highly unlikely. I just wish whatever it is would be clearer :)