Never would have thought this would be something I love to do... It's just such an honor to take part in a couple's wedding day! They trust me to see each detail through and take the event reins so they can be fully present and not worry about a thing. I love, love. It's beautiful! Congrats to these newlyweds.
When I'm really honest with myself... I know just how incredibly selfish I am. I usually think of myself first - my own needs and concerns. I wonder what it must be like for families that have to consider spouses and kids in every single thought or decision. In that regard I'm so carefree! I'm able to be completely spontaneous. And I selfishly enjoy that about my life. Does that make me a bad candidate for family? Maybe. Or maybe we all have that selfish side and it just changes as the portions of love are added to our tank. Does that make me love less? Maybe. Or perhaps I just love different now because of the season I'm in.
Compared to caring for a family I feel like my ways of caring are considerably less significant. But I'm trying not to compare these days. Easier said than done.
The ways I care:
I care for strangers by giving eye contact and a smile.
I care for families randomly when I go out to eat alone... I choose another table and cover their bill.
I care for my siblings by trying to be available to their needs and offer encouragement.
I care for other peoples children by excitedly sparking up conversation and attentive play time.
I care for my neighbors by picking up trash or saying hello or helping carry in groceries.
I care for my friendships by participating in their lives, sharing my talents or skills, and listening to their hearts because they matter deeply to me.
I care for my church family by investing my time, talents, and resources.
I care for my community through prayer and supporting local business.
I care for my coworkers by being vulnerable, open, and encouraging.
Listing it all out helps me see the ways I care for others. But I know there is more just out of reach for me right now. In true 'me' style, I don't want to sit and wait! I have to take action and keep moving forward. So after thinking it through and hearing from a friend about an opportunity to sponsor a child in an underprivileged country through World Vision - I realized I am financially able to be more generous! I'm so excited to be sponsoring Marc Elie, he is 9 years old and from Haiti. He now has my prayers and support! I couldn't be happier to take part in caring for this child who has the potential to change his world and live for Christ! What an honor to play a small part in that!