27Religion 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.james 1:27 has been on the hearts and the minds of les and i a lot lately. what we once easily took for granted without a second thought is becoming harder and harder to ignore. we live in an incredible amount of excess while there are adults and children around the world starving. i can hardly eat a pregnant pint of ice cream without thinking about the kids who not only have never eaten ice cream in their lives but those that are dying or have died because of lack of food.
I used to easily dismiss the verses like Luke 6:24 "But woe to you who are rich, for you are receiving your comfort in full." In American standards the Brown Family is nowhere near the rich mark. Whew! But hold up, in context of the world we are filthy rich. We live in a palace in comparison to others around the world. My flesh wants to focus on the World Vision child we are sponsoring and move on to happier things. We're not rich remember? I just can't do it. I don't know if I'll ever be content continuing to live this lifestyle and get choked out by the weeds of comfort. People are dying while I eat that pint of ice cream. Dying. If I'm truly living out the life Christ has called me to, I shouldn't be able to turn my head and look the other way.
Where am I going with all of this? I don't know. What I do know is that God is flipping me completely upside down. I'm tired of THINKING of things to do I'm ready to shut-up and DO!
I originally meant to write about the video below and got off on a tangent. This is how flipped over backwards I feel. I can't get this video out of my mind. It doesn't help that Abbie wants to watch it over and over again. I can't keep Africa out of my mind. Les can't keep Africa out of his mind. Again I have no idea what all this means exactly. I do know that as I was asking God how am I supposed to respond to this today the answer was very clear. I look at the kids on this video and weep every time because they are so precious to God. So often I get wrapped up in getting my agenda done, or in my exhaustion or quite frankly my selfishness and I fail to treat MY own children as the precious blessing that they are. To love is to die and pregnancy is NOT an excuse not to do that on a daily basis.
I'm hoping all the things roaming around in my head will soon be able to be written in coherent words in a post but for now I apologize for being all over the place. For now I hope you will not only watch this video I hope you will be changed.