Thursday, March 17, 2011

So Much Easier to Ignore

Posted by Angie at 2:09 PM
I ran across this quote ages ago and saved it onto my computer:

"Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they're not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes. So when you and I hear staggering numbers and statistics about the poor and needy around us and around the world, we have a choice. We can switch the channels on our mega-TVs and continue our comfortable, untroubled, ordinary, churchgoing lives as if the global poor don't exist. We can let these numbers remain cold, distant, and almost imaginary. Or we can open our eyes and our lives to the realities that surround us and begin considering the faces that are represented by these numbers."
-David Platt
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We have just begun this adoption journey, but I am already discovering so many realities that I had previously ignored. The world is a beautiful place, but it can also be heartbreaking.  It's probably best ya'll learn this about me now, I'm a crier. Happy, sad, angry, stressed...it doesn't take a whole lot to set me off. Something tells me that I am going to need to invest in more tissues over the coming months... 

Much love,
Future Mama

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18 comments:

desiree on March 17, 2011 at 2:24 PM said...

It really is overwhelming to think about. Take it one day at a time and know your not alone. There are many of us in this process together.

Mlynneruss said...

When we started on our first adoption journey, I rode the roller-caster. When we had to switch to another prog or be done, I had cried so many tears that I said I was NOT going to ride the ride again, just be systematic. It worked, mostly, until the recent changes to ET, tears became a river. Thus, my hypothesis, since I had held it all in for months and months, I cried even more now.

Our hearts are in the right place, we care, as many others out there do, too. That and the grace of God can make all the difference.

Future Mama on March 17, 2011 at 3:14 PM said...

Thank you. I think the hardest part is that I just want to save them all. I know can't. When I feel overwhelmed by the faces, I try to remind myself to focus on being the best mother I can...to at least one.

Future Mama on March 17, 2011 at 3:16 PM said...

Not sure if you have seen this...the most recent update on Ethiopia...you are absolutely right, God CAN make all the difference!!

http://stiltneradoption.blogspot.com/2011/03/our-god-is-so-big.html

Sarah H said...

Orhpans just break my heart! I look at my two children and just think of them in a room full of cribs. I wish adoptions could happen more quickly. I know there is a reason for the process, but I wish these little kids- and older ones too- could get into the arms of families who want them so badly!! I also wish it didn't cost so much. It's hearbreaking to think that finances are the only reason some families haven't adopted. Money can be so fickle, a blessing and a curse at the same time.

Sarah on March 17, 2011 at 6:25 PM said...

I am a big time crier too... it runs in my family! :) Invest in a Sam's club size box of Kleenex and continue to allow God to break your heart for the things that break His! :)

Thankful for you friend! :)

Kelli said...

Once He opens your eyes... you can't deny them. Oh how it breaks my heart!

Shannon said...

What a convicting quote. Sweet sweet faces. I'm praying for you on your adoption journey!

Debb said...

I couldn't agree with you more! Adoption really does open one's eyes to a much bigger, wider world than my isolated vision once saw. This new insight has broken my heart for what breaks Gods, while also blessing us with desire to DO something about it! We are SO excited to adopt our first little one(s) too! But we know that we know God is also using this newfound vision to draw us into an outreach to Ethiopia (where our babe(s) are). Blessings to you and your adoption! The adoption blog world is SUCH an amazing blessing to help us celebrate as well as when we struggle to hold on.........may your journey to your child be extremely blessed beyond your wildest imagination! :)

Debb said...

May I copy this quote and blog about it in the near future? I will be happy to link it back to your blog, of course! ;)

Future Mama on March 18, 2011 at 10:37 PM said...

Thank you so much Shannon!

Future Mama on March 18, 2011 at 10:38 PM said...

Of course Debb! I would be honored!!

Future Mama on March 18, 2011 at 10:38 PM said...

And let me know when you do so I can come see the post! I would LOVE to read it and see your interpretation on it.

Jlmumford said...

Wonderful quote. Adorable photo. I think it is such an amazing thing to adopt and can't wait to start the process myself someday. I know I just want to open my home and heart to so many babies out there! But, I can't. BUT, we CAN be advocates. :)

Heather said...

It is amazing the things we ignored before adoption. I put quote on my blog a while back. It's so true.

Meg on March 21, 2011 at 12:32 AM said...

I am SO glad my dear friend Sarah sent me to your blog...what an encouragement it has been to me over the last few days! Praying about our adoption journey, and your posts have been refreshing!

Beginning to read a David Platt book now...is this quote from "Radical"?

Future Mama on March 21, 2011 at 3:39 PM said...

Glad you found your way over here! Thank you for the prayers. Honestly, I have no idea where I found the quote! I keep a word document full of inspirational things that I find and I am usually very good about documenting where I found it. But for this one, all I have is his name :-)

Sarah on March 26, 2011 at 6:14 PM said...

It's from Radical! :)

So glad you guys finally "met!" :)

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