Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Treasure Every Moment

This morning the DJ on the Christian radio station I was listening to was describing how he was feeling about his son's graduation from high school. He was reminding parents everywhere about how quickly time passes, and how your children grow so fast. How often we (I) forget to treasure every moment and to let go of some things in order to appreciate the people we love most.

Dharavi Slum in Mumbai - from Wikimedia Commons
To me, this includes my Compassion children. I get so busy during the week trying to do a billion other things that sometimes I forget to just be thankful for all that I have in my life...not things, but people. I'm so thankful for my sweet son, and all the joy he brings to my heart. I'm grateful to my beautiful Compassion children for making me a better person, one day at a time.

Last night I took some time to sit down with my special notebook that I keep full of my Compassion kids' photos and letters, and to reread the letters I've received so far. I was blessed again and again as I reread each letter and planned what to mail them this week.

Do you write to your sponsored children? Again and again Center directors and pastors, Compassion workers, and the children who have graduated from the program tell us how much it means to sponsored children to hear from their sponsors on a regular basis. And the blessings extend both ways--through the preparations of reading past letters, praying over your children, and writing to them you are developing relationships--between you and your Compassion children and between you and God.

Jesus' ministry was about relationships. He came to save the world, but while he was hear on earth he worked through relationships, one person at a time. He took the time to hold a hand, speak a kind word (or sometimes a stern word), to teach, to laugh, and to love. For those of us who call ourselves Christians, that is our ministry, as well. These are treasures stored up in heaven. We have this moment only once.

If you haven't written your child in a while, please take a few minutes today and do so. You can use Compassion's online writing tool or you can download one of my free sponsor writing packets. Either way, it's easy--all it takes is a few minutes.

If you haven't sponsored a child yet, what are you waiting for? A sweet little face out there is waiting for your prayers, your love, your encouragement. Can you be the hands and feet of Christ to that child? Poverty stinks, but YOU can change the story. Think you can't afford it? Check out this awesome post on Red Letter Christians and think twice: http://www.redletterchristians.org/spoiled-witches-puerile-vanity-and-compassion-international/

7 comments:

  1. Thank you for this poignant reminder. I started off writing so regularly but have gotten really busy lately and forgotten to write. When I looked at my notebook, it had been six weeks since my last batch of letters. :( This weekend I sat down and wrote online letters to all of my kids. I know I'm excited to hear from them so I should write more often!

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  2. Isn't it so fun to revisit the letters and photos? My mom was doing that with her letters the other day and found a letter from her then 6-year-old sponsored child (he's 18 now!) where he asked her to never stop sponsoring nor writing to him because since she (and my dad) sponsored him, he has clothes and someone who cares for him and he has pride in who he is. And he said that he looked more handsome since being sponsored! (I think because of the new clothes.) And thanks for sharing that blog post...it was such a good reminder.

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  3. I just signed up to sponsor two little girls yesterday so I don't have any letters or photographs yet but I LOVE the idea of a special notebook for my Compassion children! x

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    1. Welcome to Compassion Jenny! If you haven't already, I hope you will visit www.ourcompassion.com it's a great resource for sponsors!!

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    2. I have been exploring the OC site - there is a lot of information on there!

      I am going to blog about Compassion and my girls too! x

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