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What you do Matters

Updated: Jan 19



I know you started this journey with excitement and anticipation and wonder about what God would do. I know that you have first-hand experienced His goodness in your life and in your kids' lives. I know that sometimes you wish you could return to the excited, nervous feeling that you had and turn in the weary, tired feeling that now is your constant state of existence.


Your kids require a lot of attention, a lot of intention, a lot of grace, and a lot of love. You give this day in and day out, but you also attend meetings about their permanency goals, invite strangers into your house to check on how you're doing as a parent, show up to court hearings, and fill out tremendous amounts of paperwork.


Way back before you started, God tugged at your heart for the least of these, for the poor, for the oppressed, and for the orphan. You heard and you felt God's heart loud and clear: through His Word and through His nudges.


You hit your soft pillow, thinking about how many kids were sleeping in CPS offices, how many scared little babes didn't understand what was going on or why their life was going that way. You prayed for them and then you put those feelings to action and got your certification done.


You decorated the room, you filled it with toys, you made sure you had pajamas for every age. You said YES when you got the call, even though it was scary, even though you didn't know what in the actual heck you were doing. You smiled at your kids as they entered your house, scared of the world and how unfair it is.


But now? Now you're at war with the trauma your kids have faced, you're fighting for love every single day, you're waking up to behaviors that wear you down and stress you out. It can be too much sometimes. And many times, it looks like all you're doing is folding the laundry, making the dinner, doing the dishes, and how in the world does this matter? Why is any of it important? Why can't it feel more meaningful, more purposeful, more exciting?


Let me tell you one thing: What you do matters because it matters to God.


God, King of all Creation, does not care about power or riches or fame. He doesn't care about your house or how clean it is, or how much you've done to impress others. He doesn't care about having the perfect career or being the perfect family.


But He does care about those who are downcast, cast aside, and forgotten.


And when you said yes to foster care, you dug your feet in and declared to the world that you also care for the downcast, the cast aside, and the forgotten. When you said yes, you signed up to be living, breathing proof of God's heart.


You said yes to smelly diapers and endless unsolicited comments from people. But you also said yes to seeing God show up in you and through you and your kids. You said yes to annoying paperwork, but you also said yes to witnessing their smile when you get them a birthday gift or their excitement when they finally get that A on that test.


You said yes to sacrifice, just like Jesus did, even when He didn't want to - even when it caused him deep pain to be separated from His Father. But you also said yes to resurrection, to redemption, to witnessing old things become new, to witnessing God make all of the "sad things come untrue." (*My favorite line from the Jesus Storybook Bible*)


You said yes to true, uninhibited love. It flows from your life because the God of the Universe lives inside of you. From the overflow of His grand love for you, you extend open arms to the least of these. You say yes to kids who may have never experienced this grand love, to families who may have never heard His Name, to systems that are broken, and to a God who isn't.


So when the lie that comes creeping in, whispering words like


None of this matters

You will never get past this

Why are you even wasting your time?


You can tell that lie to go to hell. (Like, literally)


Because if it matters to the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the Savior, the Prince of Peace, Almighty God, Holy One,


THEN IT MATTERS.


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A Prayer

God, remind us why we're here.

Bring back to memory why you gave us this passion.

As we sacrifice and give up our lives for our kids every day,

we remember that You loved us first,

and gave yourself up for us.

You gave up your very life for us.

Now we can give up our daily lives for them.

Thank you for your sacrifice and love.

Give us strength to keep going, even when it's hard.

Remind us of who you are and whose we are.

We love you.

Amen.


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Truth You Can Cling To:


Romans 5:3-5

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.


Galatians 6:9

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.


Romans 2:10

But there will be glory and honor and peace from God for all who do good—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile.