December 04, 2009
the difference one can make... UPDATED
want to read about her?
she just adopted baby patricia... read here... august 26... to hear how she got her.
or, read here... august 14... to hear how she ended up in uganda.
someone asked katie in a comment if she thought it was responsible to adopt 14 kids... she responded "Is it more responsible to let them die in the street?"
oh... my heart aches.
today i will learn and build a foundation... someday i will serve more, love more, make a greater difference.
UPDATE-- i've thought a lot about Katie since i first read her blog Friday night. i don't think that everyone should fly to Uganda and adopt 14 kids. i don't even think katie would advocate doing that. i know that God doesn't want me to adopt 14 kids, at this time in my life, although i KNOW that if i was in Uganda and a lady handed me a starving baby, my heart strings would burst... like katie, i have a mother's heart... i admire this young girl and her desire to serve and her courage to ACT. i hope that i am always open to the promptings of the Spirit that whisper small or large ways that i can serve others. i am grateful for the life i live. grateful for the reminder of "Wants vs. Needs" that i got when i thought of starving children and how my kids aren't. even if we all sometimes feel that we are living in poverty while todd finishes his schooling. we're NOT. not even close. i'm not here to judge what she does or if she is doing the best thing with her time or resources... i only need to judge what i'm doing and if i'm doing the best things with my own life.
and... sometimes i feel that i can do more. and... then i feel that i will do more, someday. just not today.
we came back to school so that todd could study social entraperneurship... he wants to do things to encourage companies to bring their business into poverty stricken areas of the world... we want to take college kids to Mexico for the summer and build schools, dig wells, teach the people better hygiene and how to grow food, or something like that. there are so many things that one could choose to do with the resources that we are given... i hope that today i am doing what i can, and that tomorrow i will be able to do more.
in a christmas devotional last night President Thomas S. Monson said something like... during the christmas season when you are budgeting how you will spend your money, also remember to decide how you will spend your time.
He encouraged us to serve others and teach our children how to serve.
We have many resources given to us and are acountable for how we use them.
i'm grateful for katie's reminder that i am a part of a world... a world that has babies who are starving.
and that i can make a difference.