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This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Children Of God

“I have four children. Two are adopted. I forgot which two.” - Bob Constantine

Religion 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 this world. - James 1:27

Adopt: “to take by choice into a relationship; especially : to take voluntarily (a child of other parents) as one’s own child” - Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Over the past few years international adoption has come under fire. Adoption to many, has become a source of, and even a form of child trafficking. Many view those who adopt internationally as child collectors or crazy Christians. And no doubt there are people like that who exist, and we do have to do our best to protect the innocent of abuse. However, we also have the responsibility to help the innocent.  
Under influence of international organizations, country after developing country has shut down international adoption over the past decade, in order to prevent child trafficking. Then statistics are cited. After Guatemala shuttered its international adoptions, Ethiopia’s rose drastically. And the majority of the kids are going to the United States, to Christian families non-the-less. So what are we to believe? That Christian families are demanding children? Like colonists demanded slaves? That’s what many believe. Many refuse to see or believe that there are many Christians who respond to need.  
As waiting adoptive parents, my wife and I are not demanding an Ethiopian baby. Yes, we had trouble getting pregnant and having our own baby. But we are not demanding a child. No, we are simply responding to our situation as an opportunity to do good. To provide love and a family to children in need. To live the Gospel out to the world. We don’t get to hand pick a child. We aren’t in charge of the child’s requisition. And we don’t believe our child will be a victim.  
In all likelihood our child will have a parent left in Ethiopia. But having a living biological parent does not preclude a child from being an orphan. Most orphans around the developing world are a result of poverty, not death. And so, while we adopt with the goal of providing for an innocent and needing child, it is also our goal to provide for all of those in need. We pray for the father, the mother, the aunt or uncle, who, without means, give up their child to be adopted. We wish that there was no need. We wish that every child could come into this world in the arms of a loving family. Sadly, that’s not the case right now. It’s not the case here in the U.S. and it’s not the case in Cambodia either. There are tens of millions of orphaned and abandoned children in the world who need homes. Six million reside in Ethiopia alone. They must be cared for. Through international and domestic adoption. Through orphanages who have the ability to give them a hope and a future. Through whatever means possible.  
The fact remains, kids are given up. And some of those that are given up are abused by those who would traffic them for personal gain, or ill-will towards the innocent. As Christians it is our duty to follow Jesus. And in following Jesus, we will be opposed. Don’t let anyone convince you that adopting a child with a desire to raise them in a Christian household is tantamount to abuse or oppression. Don’t let anyone tell you that it’s more important to understand heritage than to be a child of God. Heritage and culture is important. But Jesus saves. 
Some people simply don’t understand why anyone would adopt. Now that Whitney is pregnant, we are often asked if we are still planning to adopt. Of course are answer is yes! And the question is in no way offensive. But sometimes people don’t understand why we would still be adopting. They’re not bad people. They just don’t understand. Adoption is not just about parents. It never is. It’s also about the children. Whitney and I care about our adopted child just as much as our biological daughter. Although we haven’t met either yet, we look forward to providing a loving home for both. We don’t do it because we want anyone to think we’re good. And I’m not writing this so that you’ll think any differently of me. Chances are, you may think we’re mistaken in adopting. I’m writing to advocate for the innocent in need. Satan would love to eliminate all adoptions. He’d love to have everyone born into abuse and poverty. And so he fosters abuse and poverty, then blames it on those trying to do good. Corruption does exist. It’s the major reason countries are poor. But let’s not let corruption hurt more than we can help. Let’s not let evil deter us from doing God’s will. And let’s not be blinded to all the forms of ill in this world.

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,

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