My identity became rooted in success and money. I wanted a high paying career, so that I can buy all the things that I wanted, and feel accepted amongst my peers. Little did I know, God would change my heart and show me my true identity!
The children at FFHM and in the community where we evangelized are learning that their identity doesn't have to be "poor" or "broken". The staff is sharing Christ's love with the children in hopes that they will share that love with their families.
The children living in the home share an apartment style home with 5-6 other children and a parent or two. Those children are constantly reminded that they are loved by their One True Heavenly Father. The children in the community get to hear a bible lesson twice a week and receive that little snack.
Many of those kids have parents that are working long hours in fields and orchards, making just a few dollars a day. It touched my heart to see the joy on their faces when our van pulled up. They had fun singing songs and playing with a small group of strangers. The community outreach we did in Baja will forever stay in my heart.
Not My Own
When I returned, I heard a sermon on giving and the Rooted topic of the day was also money related. Okay, God, I hear you.
As Jason said, some of us are extravagant savers and some are spenders. I fell into the spending category. Could I be happy with a few dollars wage and a spoonful of peanut butter and glass of milk for snack? The answer needs to be "yes!"
What God has blessed me with is not my own. I need to be a wise and generous steward of what He entrusted me with. Thinking about the joy of the children in the home and in the little houses in town is a reminder that my joy does not come from the things I can buy for myself or my kids.
Complete joy can only come from the Holy Spirit, in all circumstances. When Paul says "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." in Philippians 4:13, he was referring to being content in richness and in poverty.
We all have something to learn from the innocent joy of children. We need to be able to find joy in the small things, such as peanut butter and a glass of milk. Our joy comes from our Father in heaven and when we lean on Him, we really can do all things through Him.