It’s Personal

When purposeful becomes personal

“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” – James – James 1:27

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. – Galatians 4:4-7

Puissant: “having great power or influence” – New Oxford American Dictionary

“Did you even want me?”
The question struck to the soul of the man standing in front of his foster son.
“If you didn’t want me, why am I here. Just let me go!”

We all want to belong somewhere we are wanted. What good is it to be on a team who doesn’t want or need your contribution? What fun is it to be in a club that doesn’t value your company? What joy is there in be unwanted?

But relationships grow. Wounds and hurts can heal. Love can blossom. To the foster child… You may not have been chosen. That does not mean you’re unwanted. To the adopted child… You were probably not picked by your parents. Instead you were placed by God. To everyone reading… You may not be somewhere you planned. But you’re right where God wants you.

It’s personal. It hurts to know that at one point someone you love may not have loved you. It’s not fun finding out that you were abandoned by someone who should have cared for you more than any other. It’s painful to know that this world is full of rejection and denial. But it’s so good to know that God is full of redemption and love. We have no way of choosing our destiny, our children, or our parents. However, God does. He’s personal. He cares. Maybe you’re thinking, “But what about those in need with no one to help? It doesn’t seem like God cares about them.” And the answer is personal. What have we done to help? Maybe we’re the ones to care. We won’t be able to choose the ones we care for. Maybe the group, or the category of need, but not the individuals. And they’ll have the right to ask, “Did you even care about me?” And our answer will have to be. “I didn’t even know who you were.” But God knows. He’s personal. He knows every person with every need. He knows the one who needs and deserves a drink of water. He knows the child who needs a home. He knows the runaway who needs a parent and a place to stay. And He knows our greatest need too. He knows our need to help. It will probably get personal. But that’s what being a person is all about.

“Son there will come a point when you are more than free to go. You’re right. I didn’t want you. I didn’t even know you. I didn’t pick you out or desire to be your father. But God put me on a path towards you. He put you in this home. And so whatever happened in the past. However we felt before. It was to get here. The question isn’t, ‘Did you want me?’ The question is, ‘Do you love me.’ And I love you more than…”

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,
Jake

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