Today's message at church was so right on track with so much of what I have experienced and heard others experience through adoption and just thought I would share because it was so encouraging to me! I only wished I would have heard this a year and a half ago when we started announcing our decision to adopt, I think it would have helped me even more.
You can watch the series we are going through right now entitled "Change Your World in 52 Days: The Story of Nehemiah at LifeChurch.TV but the focus points today were based on the facts that "we don't face opposition because we are doing something wrong, we face it because we're doing something right." -Craig Groeschel
Anytime you feel called to start something and take a leadership role you will encounter opposition in many different forms. This may be verbally from others or in more tangible ways such as financial hurdles and unexpected happenings in life that will come right when you don't need them to. This of course is so discouraging and makes us second guess what we are doing and if we were really in fact "called" to the action or not but it is important to know this is just all part of the process and we have to fight for our cause and remember God. You are not here to answer to those who will criticize you but rather to answer to God who has called you. Craig talked today about facing criticism everyday and how so many people think he doesn't deal with it, I imagine because he is SO good at what he does. He has been a huge pioneer in many many ways, getting people that wouldn't ordinarily go to church (like myself), to have various ways of going and being able to really learn who God is as well as learn how to apply what we learn from the Bible in our lives today. He said he does face criticism and always has but he has learned that no one wants to be converted in any situation and to lead without being defensive. Oh this is something I struggle with SO much when it comes to advocating for orphans! It is so hard to not let my passion for orphans get the best of me and feel like I might go into a "preaching" moment when someone questions our adoption in a criticizing manner, I am trying though...pray for me :)