Life changes you. You don’t die the same person you start as.
We’re born to be world changers. We’re born with a purpose to leave this earth better than we found it. For some, that means digging wells to give a third world country clean water. For others, it means creating a feeding program to feed the hungry. And then there are others whose heart is bursting at the seems and they feel overwhelmed because there is so much to do, and seemingly so little time.
There are so many people who have put their lives on hold, to try to make someone else’s life just a little bit better. People work at uninspiring jobs so they can further a cause close to their heart. They put their blood, sweat and tears into grass root efforts in the hope that someday when they are laid to rest, they have left a legacy. It’s not for prideful reasons, but because they want to know their life mattered.
We fight for justice, we fight for what we believe is right, we become the voice of the innocent. We speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. And we speak loudly so others will listen.
Then it happens. We find our lives are no longer our own. They belong to the hundreds of thousands of people whose lives have been changed. They belong to the children who were given the opportunity to live life to the fullest. They belong to the moms and dads whose hope was restored because of someone fighting for their cause. They belong to the prisoners who were wrongly accused and now, have been set free.
So many people are waiting for someone to fight for them. So many are waiting to be told, “I’m here for you. I’ll give my dying breath to protect you.”
That’s what fostering has done for me. I have had the opportunity to fight for the innocent, to protect to the best of my ability the innocent lives that are forever changed. I didn’t do it for the accolades. I didn’t do it because it was easy. I did it because we are called to love. We are called to help those in need around us. We are called to protect and defend.
“No greater love than this, that a man lay down his life for his friend.”John 15:13
Giving of oneself is quite possibly the greatest gift we can give. To love so deeply it hurts, to know you gave everything you had to give someone else a better life…that can change the world.
And then like a miracle among miracles, we awake to find that we ourselves have been changed in the process. Suddenly we’re different than we once were and so is our world.
Keep fighting for what you believe in, friends. Go out and change the world.