For the past two years, we have been praying, hoping, and dreaming about going to the Philippines to work with mothers and babies in poverty. It's hard to believe that within the last 3 months, the plans have been laid and the steps are in process. We've put our house up for sale this month and are slimming down our belongings to only what we really need. I can't explain how much freedom has come to my soul by going through this process. There's something so wonderful about living so simply.
But, as with many great endeavors that changes the course of ones life, there are many obstacles that try to keep you from moving forward. We are encountering them as we speak. Discouragement and disillusionment can knock on the door daily........and you realize your gonna have to fight through this because you know they want to take you down.
So these are the times we have to recall the vision, the passion, the hope to which we are called to. Something much larger than ourselves. Something more glorious, more spectacular, more beautiful than our own lives. It is the love of God being demonstrated through our own love and care for one another. When we begin to see that we are each other's brothers, sisters, family-then we see the privileged invitation to care for those hurting and impoverished. Those who suffer because of injustice, because they don't have medical care, those who are oppressed because of corruption, and the list goes on......
We invite you to join us in our journey. We will be writing much about our experiences, our efforts, our needs, and all that our God is doing in this crazy life of ours!
I'll leave you with this to sweetly ponder on today:
"People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway."
— Mother Teresa