|Dana Carrozza from Sacred Selections with Charlotte|
|Bronwyn and Atticus|
|Such a wonderful night with thousands raised to help bring a child into a loving home!!|
|The Carrozzas and our five Sacred Selections children!!|
and then I had the extreme privilege of attending Summit 9 in Nashville - a two day event dedicated to encouraging and educating people who want to help the orphans of this world - and got to hear some extraordinary speakers while there.
|Over 2000 people at Summit 9 this year!|
|Some amazing families and bloggers including Adeye Salem from No Greater Joy Mom blog and the Twietmeyers of Project Hopeful|
|David Platt speaking|
Whew! Yes it has been a super busy month and a half, but it has been busy with some of the things we enjoy most in this world. The plight of the orphan has really begun to take center stage in our lives. We are focusing more and more on what we can do regarding this issue- How can we educate? Encourage? Facilitate more adoptions? Help with hosting? Minister to those children still left behind?
Some might say, and have said, "But goodness haven't you done enough? I mean you HAVE adopted 6 children......" To which I ask, what is enough exactly? Enough according to our worldly view or enough according to Christ's view?
I was encouraged to think about this question this morning during church services when our preacher spoke on decipleship. What does it mean, what does it entail to truly be a deciple of Jesus? Well as he pointed out, Matthew 7:19 says "Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire" (New American Standard) So clearly, resting in our laurels is not an option. We need to always be striving to do what Jesus would have us to do, bear fruit.
While I was at Summit I had the opportunity to hear David Platt speak. His message of course was geared toward the plight of the orphan and how we, as Christians, need to be stepping up to the call to care for these children, not leaving it as someone else's problem. I had wanted to read his book Radical for a long time after hearing so many good things about it, and used this chance to buy myself a copy. As it happens, our family did a Bible study together tonight- something we instituted a few weeks ago. We usually have it on Tuesdays but since we missed this past Tuesday I figured, why not tonight? We had already completed the topic we'd been studying previously so I thought doing a chapter from Platt's book each week might be a good idea.
His book doesn't focus on orphans but rather about Christianity in general. He challenges us to look at our faith and our actions, and see if it lines up with the Christianity of the Bible. Or does it look more like a Christianity we have defined for ourselves? One that is more comfortable, fits in with our cultural norms better? One that is less radical.
Isn't this the sort of thing Jesus lays out for us in the Bible, and if so then why is actually going and doing it so different?? So extreme?? Quite simply, it shouldn't be. For Christians, it should be the norm.
Ultimately, I want Jesus to see that I was focused on Him. Being more like Him, in whatever ways I can, that is the goal.
So if our family seems a little radical to you, a little different or out there, I say good! I want us to be different, in a good way, in a Christian way. I want us to live a life that is RADICAL.