The Nooks & Crannies

I used to hate the word blessed. For some reason I thought it was really cheesy. A couple of years ago, however, I saw the light and "blessed" has become a major part of my vocabulary. Ever since I started this job at VisionTrust three weeks ago it's all I can think about.

How the heck am I so blessed...I get to work for a sweet organization that loves on children, I get to work with sweet people who desire to love on children, and I get to learn about what's going on in the little nooks and crannies of the world that are often overlooked. Granted, it's not all peaches and cream. I have frequent stress out moments when it comes to raising my own support (just ask my roommates), but what job doesn't have it's hard parts?

This week I've been reading and condensing articles in preparation for our new website (can't wait for it to launch). It's been a great way to learn about the work we do, but it's also been breaking my heart to read about all the injustice and hardships in the world that happen just to children alone. My dear friend gave me a piece of advice though that I want to stick to (so if I'm not sticking to it, you have permission to straighten me out).

She said, "Always give your subjects dignity, regardless of how sad and pitiful they're life may seem to you...they are sons and daughters of God and deserve dignity and respect." Sometimes I think that people want a story, not a person. They want to hear about and share about the hard parts of people's lives because it's fascinating and compelling, but then they tend to leave the person behind and just carry the story with them. Maybe it's just me, but I constantly have to remind myself that people are people, they're worth so much more than the stories that make up their life.

I'm at the point now where I just want to go to see these children! But, a quote I recently read brings me back to the importance of what we each do every day, "Following Jesus is not to be romanticized through impressive Facebook status updates or photos of exotic places on our blog. Discipleship is often ugly, messy and painful. Faithful service will regularly lead us into dull labors and bewildering struggles that would make unexciting press." (http://tinyurl.com/3jfdbgx)

I guess I'll leave you with something I learned this week. I think I'm going to try to end every one of my blogs raising a little bit of awareness for something that I've been learning...

It could be that I'm just completely out of the loop. but this week I learned a lot about the oppression of the Mayan people in Guatemala and the Gypsies in India. Just a little something good to look into and be aware of.

Leaving you loving!
  J
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