Friday, June 22, 2012

Encouraging our kids to make a difference!

Yesterday, I read a story about a nine year old boy who learned about children in Africa who had become orphaned because of AIDS.  Instead of just hearing the story and going on with his life he decided and believed  he could do something to help. He had a "talent" that God could use.  On the World AIDS day this boy decided to shoot free throw.  HE shot 2,057 free throws to represent the 2,057  kids who would be oprhaned during his day at school.  People sponsored him and he was able to raise almost $3,000.  That year, the money was used by World Vision to provide hope to 8 orphan children. 

Since then, thousands of people have joined him in a basket ball shoot a thon called Hoops of Hope.  By doing something as simple as shooting fee throws, Hoops of Hope participants have raised over $500,000.  The children left behind by AIDS now have access to food, clothing, shelter, a new school and finally a medical testing facility. 

One boy who didn't listen to any adult who might have told him no.  He listened to the voice of God and made a huge impact on the world.  It reminds me of the parable in the Bible when Jesus feeds the five thousand with five loaves of bread and 2 fish.  His disciples who knew Jesus was the Son of God.  They witnessed Jesus do many miracles yet they still doubted and couldn't see the solution only the problem.  What does Jesus do?  He uses the bread and fish from a young boy in the crowd! 

God has called me to Home Educate our four children.  Our goals for our family are not just focused on Academic, but character, leadership skills and to be a fully devoted follower of Christ.  Sometimes,  parents forget the potential are kids have and the difference they can make right now.  It drives me nuts when our family wants to serve and volunteer but yet the organization will say put an age limit on who and when someone can help. Would Jesus say no? 

Begin believing in your kids.  Ask them how and what they would like to do to make a difference in the world. I want my kids to know they don't have to be head of some huge organization, pastor of a mega church, famous athlete or musician or well educated to be the hands and feet of Christ.  They don't have to start big they can start by doing something small in their own community.  Encourage your children to think beyond themselves.  It will make a difference in their life and your relationship with them!

The boy in the parable gave what he had and not only did Jesus feed over 5,000 people there was even 12 basketful of broken pieces that were left over.  The boy who started with just a basket ball and a hoop has saved millions of kids around the world.  What Jesus can do if we just give him what we have and say Yes!  It doesn't matter what are age we  might be...

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