Day 13: Good Stats!!

Good morning, beautiful friends!

Today our reading shares that there are actually good stats in the midst of all the bad. There is hope!

Here’s what stood out to me most:

I gently asked, “Let’s set aside what America is or is not giving and answer for ourselves: What are you doing? What I am doing?” (Interrupted pg 35)

 

And that’s where we really are. We stand at the intersection of extreme privilege and extreme poverty, and we have a question to answer: Do I care? Am I moved by the suffering of all nations? Am I even concerned about the homeless guy on the corner? Am I willing to take the Bible at face value and concur that God is obsessed with social justice? (Interrupted pg 35)

 

It will all come down to what I did. What you did. What we did together.

Of course, all I can do is make the tiniest ripple in the ocean.  That’s about all you’re good for too. But it’s foolish to become paralyzed by the scope of suffering or discouraged by the limit of our reach. (Interrupted pg 36)

It’s so true – together, one by one, we CAN change the world. Your little changes in your family and your church CAN make a difference.

I love this quote from Robert F. Kennedy:

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation…

Last night I was thinking about how my perspective has shifted – in my spending, in my prayers, in my thought process around giving. God is shaping me and molding me and I want to change the path of my family. I want my girls to grow up with these things being normal for how we operate.

For example: I’ve always wanted to sponsor a child in another country, but I’ve never gotten around to actually doing it. This week – I landed on the organization and started looking! I’m ready to find two children in a different part of the world that can be part of our family. This might not be world changing, but it will change the life of 2 children. And to think that only $38 a month will cover their education, food, medicine, etc. That’s less than a date night out with Brian. This is a start for us.

God, give us the passion and boldness to do things differently. Lead us to opportunities to serve. Show us where to invest our time and dollars. Shape our thoughts and perspective to reflect the love of Jesus every single day. Amen!

I pray that you too are thinking about things differently…

~Starr

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9 thoughts on “Day 13: Good Stats!!

  1. Starr, not sure what organization you looked at for child sponsorship, but one to check out is familychristian.com/worldvision. I have (and still am) considering this as well.

    What got me in today’s reading is the comments by the friend and the couple that left the church. How many of us hAve thought similarly at times? Even if we knew that was wrong to think or feel.

    What am I doing? What can I do? Those are the questions I need to answer.

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    1. Yes, those comments were chilling because I have been on the receiving end of those way too many times. It makes my heart hurt. How many times do we focus on our own selfish needs instead of doing what we are called to do: serve.

      Thanks for the input on the sponsorships! We are considering Compassion International at the moment, but I will take a look at that one too 🙂

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  2. I love the quote “alone we affect few, but together we can change the world”! That is so awesome! I have always thought that I would adopt a child at some point in my life, but to sit here and know that is actually going to be a reality in the near future is so amazing! I can’t believe that little me is gong to do something so awesome to change someone’s whole world! I can’t wait to see the child/children that God brings into my life! My love for them is already overflowing!!

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    1. We can’t wait to share in this joy and experience with you, Megmeg!!! God already knows exactly who your child(ren) will be! He knows their names already! And he is preparing you for what is ahead. I’m thrilled at how you are beginning to change the world!!!!

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  3. Why can’t this little group of friends and sisters in Christ see how many children we can sponsor? I know that all of us are not in the same place to be able to afford to fully sponsor a child but 3 or 4 of us could band together and for $10 a month from 4 people, that group of four could sponsor a child and make a difference in their life! Most of us spend more than $10 a month on drinks when eating out. We could drink water instead, set aside the $2 we spend on tea, coffee or soft drinks and give to others. I believe God will honor our commitment. Starr, I want to join you. Will others join us? This in no way comes close to how deep I want to go but is one more way for me to show that I am putting action to my words.

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    1. Wow mom!!! I would love for you and anyone else to join. I was actually thinking tonight about our Tennessee family. What if we used our Christmas money we would spend on drawing names to sponsor a child – it would cover more than an entire YEAR!!! How cool would that be?!? I want to start thinking about things like this more. Anyone that wants to go in together for any amount, let us know! You can email me at starrhaigler@gmail.com if you don’t want to comment on here. Thanks, mom!

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  4. Count me in…I think that would be an awesome thing for our Christmas…I also want to sponsor a child…send me details, Starr. I can send you a check monthly, quarterly, however. I will let you work the details.

    I’m reminded of the story I read several years ago about a child who was on a beach where hundreds of starfish had gotten washed ashore. While looking at those helpless starfish, a man walked by and said to her as she picked one up to throw back into the water..”You can’t save them all, you can’t make a difference!” As she tossed one into the water, she brilliantly responded…”I saved that one, for that one I made a difference!” We may not can change the world, but we can “save that one, for that one we can make a difference!”

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    1. I’m so glad you’re joining us, Aunt Debra! I just heard someone tell this story a few weeks ago and it is such a great reminder that we can make a difference, no matter how big the problems. Thank you for helping and for sharing!

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  5. Debra, I have been reminded of this same story so many times while reading this book. We may not impact millions but for the ones we touch , it WILL make a difference!

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