We need to show that we have lived well. What does that mean exactly? That we have lived lavishly.... or that we have lavished affection upon others? That we have gained material wealth...... or that we have gained a wealth of knowledge about others and their needs? That we have put our faith in ourselves and what we want... or that we have had abundant faith in God to turn us into the people we need to be and to give us what HE wants? That we have been served.... or that we have humbled ourselves to serve others?
If we choose to listen to and live by Mr Emerson's statement and ignore the hedonistic ways of our culture, how will we do it? How can we show others that our lives are not ones devoted to ourselves, but rather to the needs of many? We each have our paths. We each have our passions. We each have our own talents and gifts. How will we use them to life "a life worth living" as he says above?
Well I can only tell you my way. It is not everyone's way but I feel it is mine. It is through adoption. It is through trying my darnedest to change one young life at a time. It is by stepping out of my comfort zone, perhaps giving up some (or a lot) or what I want and focusing on someone else's need. Trust me, this is no easy task. I am certainly no perfect person. I love material goods as much as anyone else, and I am certainly selfish with my time and energy more than I'd like to admit. But I am trying. And this is all any of us can do. This is my way to do just that.... try.
Here is a post from another blog which pretty much sums up my heart. This is a post from the blog "The Journey" which I have a link to here on my page under "Blogs I Like" and which I highly encourage you to read:
"And every single day, it is worth it. Because ADOPTION IS GOD’S HEART. He sets the lonely in families. Adoption is the reason that I can come before God’s throne and beg Him for mercy, because He predestined me to be adopted as His child through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
My family, adopting these children, it is not optional. It is not my good deed for the day, it is not what I am doing to “help these poor kids out.” I adopt because God commands me to care for the orphans and the widows in their distress. I adopt because to whom much has been given, much will be demanded. I adopt because whoever finds his life will lose it but whoever loses his life for HIS sake will find it."