I went into Friday morning with my focus on hitting the $7,000 raised mark over the weekend. Then the news about Paris rocked our world and I couldn’t think about anything except praying for the people of Paris, for our nation’s leaders, for service men and women, for all of those enduring tremendous suffering around our world, and for my own heart’s anger and attitude.
One of the initial things that struck me on Friday was this Mr. Rogers quote:
My first thought was, “I want to be this kind of mom, who sets a positive example by pointing her kids in the right direction.” I immediately followed that thought by asking myself, “Am I a helper?” I don’t want to just find those who are helping, I want to be one!
It wasn’t long after that when an anonymous donor included the following verse in their comment:
Matthew 25:35-36, 40, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
I can tell you this with 100% certainty… I didn’t fully realize how much this journey would teach me.
Next thing I knew, we were hitting the $8,000 mark. Crazy, right?! In just 24 days. Tragic events and messages conveyed by anonymous donors challenged me to refocus and ask myself some hard questions and God provided beyond my wildest dreams.
Thank you for being a part of this journey and lesson with me!