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The God Who Does Impossible

I personally believe everyone has a part to play in caring for children in need.

Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. —James 1:27

Yes, we need purity and devotion to God, but the other half of the equation is caring for the most vulnerable in our society.

That can happen many ways, of course–through adoption or foster care (or supporting those who do); through financially supporting missionary orphanages or groups that help free children from sex trafficking; or you could genuinely, fervently pray for these, sharing in carrying the burden that Christ feels for vulnerable children.

That said, I know not everyone is called to do something like foster care as my family is; and that’s great. What I really want to explore is a statement my wife and I have heard many times: “I could never do what you do.”

We’ve had people say we’re heroes for caring for these kids (and probably an equal or greater number who just use the word, “stupid”), but while all that’s debateable, we simply have attempted to do what we felt God calling us to do.

We’ve been privileged to see lives changed and altered. We’ve also been devastated beyond our ability to deal with it. We’ve seen great benefit to our family as well as glaring detriment and hardship. We believe we’re making a difference and affecting eternity.

Again, I’m not writing this to convince you to be a foster parent. It’s simply an example.

I want you to see your life in the view of eternity and live the impossible. People might even say to you, “I could never do what you do,” but you have to understand something…

You’ll never “do what you do” until you experience who He is.

I’m not going to pretend I went into this foster journey passionate and full of determination to help kids. I was reluctant and scared. I was tentative and in no way ready to deal with what would come. I felt bad for the kids, but distance from their situation had helped me maintain a solid indifference.

Now I can’t go back. I’ve experienced the Father’s heart for these. I’ve loved and held and consoled. I’ve watched broken children find some semblance of hope and equilibrium. I’ve prayed over, cried over, and labored over and with them.

We can do what others cannot because we responded to Him then watched Him show up and reveal Himself in the beauty and the tragedy.

You can do what others cannot because you respond to His call and find out He won’t leave you short handed. It’s not that everything is “sunshine and roses,” far from it most some days. It’s that He gives revelation of His heart and truth in ways you never thought imaginable.

He expands your heart through love to carry the impossible.

I encourage you today to press into His heart and see where He leads you. Take a step toward the impossible. Let people marvel at how “strong” you are while all the way you know it’s God’s love and strength working in you.

What are your thoughts on this? Have you responded to God’s call before even when you were afraid? What was the outcome?


Thanks for your prayers for me in Florida. It was an incredible time of God’s presence and building up the body of Christ in that area. God is good!

2 Comments

  1. The Heart of Ministry The Lord gave me is that of the Marketplace.
    This year I have launched into public speaking, and this past Saturday I had my first speaking engagement. Even though everything in my talk was from the Lord, That silly fear popped in saying will this help whoever I’m speaking to? I had to cast that thought out and just roll and guess what? My talk was exactly what everyone I spook to need to hear!

    God’s purpose, in my opinion, has always been people, And as the body, our focus is simple Love and let the Holy Spirit change whoever it is we are showing love to.

    • That’s so awesome, Andrew! It can be so difficult to step out into new things, but when we follow His lead, we get testimonies. He likes to build on those! So good. Thank you.

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