I am so thankful for my children.
While I was the teacher for their early years, they are now teaching me.
From my daughter, Fiona:
It’s tempting to look at someone doing a hard thing (like foster care) or living out a hard truth (like child loss) and label them as “special”, “brave”, “extraordinary”, or “chosen by God for a big purpose”.
I get it.
Those things ARE hard and downright terrifying… and a lot of days the sacrifice weighs heavier than the reward (in this life).
But as long as we relegate Christ-like love and endurance to the “chosen few”, we excuse ourselves from walking the hard (and often lonely) sacrificial path God has called each of His children to.
“On earth as it is in Heaven” is not the prayer of the brave, it’s the prayer of the average & broken who know that they are not extraordinary but dependent; who know that there is no formula for this life that will keep you & your loved ones safe this side of Heaven; who have decided that they are not content to simply get their own selves or families safely to shore.
Only you know in your heart what your kingdom work is on this earth and only you can decide if you will do it.
Every single one of us is weak and tired and ordinary and lacking “ideal” circumstances and timing and resources.
God doesn’t ask us to be “special”, He asks us to be obedient with no guarantee of earthly rewards or success.
You are one of the ordinary people loved by an extraordinary God.
“Brave, special, extraordinary, sacrificial, & compassionate” are not the calling.
They are characteristics of regular folks forged in the fire of immense challenges who start by saying a scared “yes” to our broken world’s screams for help.