I have to admit, when I first read the first Compassion Blogger assignment for this month, I was thinking, ‘No Way! I really don’t want to revisit my childhood and write a blog post to my childhood self!’ But as the assignment kept weighing on me the last two weeks, I remembered that this assignment is not about me, it is about the children living in extreme poverty, that need you and me to step out in faith, and remind them that God has a plan for their life.
You see, I should not be at this place in my life. I should not be here, asking you to sponsor a child, to release a child from poverty in Jesus’ name. As a child, I had no relationship with Jesus. I didn’t know that He had a plan for my life that was so different than the plan I had for my life.
If things has gone ‘my way’, I would not be writing to you, asking you to be an advocate for children growing up in extreme poverty. I would be a selfish, corporate ladder climbing, working mom, only concerned about my needs and wants.
But 19 years ago, Jesus began working on my heart, drawing me closer to Him, until 14 years ago, I asked Him to be my Savior. The path He has had me on is completely different that any path I imagined myself to be on. I mean, think about it, to go from a Nordstrom clothes wearing women working on going into management to being a capris and t-shirt wearing women who is looking forward to visiting children living in extreme poverty? Only Jesus can make that kind of change in someone’s life.
So yes, God does have a plan. He has a plan to bring many of us into a relationship with Him. And He has plans for many Compassion children to make a difference in the lives of their families and their communities. But in order to do that, they need your help. Would you consider making a sacrifice? Can you and your family do without $38 a month so that a child can realize the plan that God has for their life?