Friday, May 2, 2014

Your Part In The Great Second Chance

I'd like to introduce you to a family you may not know. Or maybe you do know them, in which case I'm certain you will agree that they are no ordinary family.

I have known Jon and his wife Mandi to be incredibly generous, humble, and serving people. It's no wonder the Lord has invited them to join Him on a road so difficult yet wildly exciting as adoption. They will get a first hand glimpse at how God has rescued us from the cycle of sin and death, calling us His own and giving us a new name and a new legacy--one of eternal life. This is purely remarkable because only God can do something so powerful and life-changing as this.

But God doesn't stop there. He is not a selfish God; I fully believe He wants us to experience this joy of giving as well. And so He allows some of us to get an even deeper, truly tangible view of this incredible rescue effort by asking us to do as He has done--to bring the abandoned, the fatherless, the misused into our own families. It is risky. It is messy. It is uncomfortable. It is inconvenient.

But it is love, and it is how the heart of God beats.

Please know that I can write these words and fervently mean them, because I was one of those abandoned, misused, neglected children. I had no hope and I didn't have the chance of a legacy of renewal, of eternal life. Had my parents not taken a great risk in opening their world to me, I would be...well, I don't know where I'd be.

But I know where I would not be, that's for sure. I would not, most likely, have a healthy marriage, three precious children who have a father who tucks them in bed each night and prays over them. I would not have the intense understanding of what it means when scripture tells me that He has adopted me and called me His own, and that my old way of life has passed away and I have a new life in Christ Jesus--that it doesn't matter who I once was because I'm brand new and I have a new name.

What if we could have a hand in making this redemption possible for someone else? What if something really small that we can do today could turn into something HUGE for someone else for an entire lifetime?

You can. I can. We can.

Jon, his wife Mandi, and their two children are extending their arms in an invitation to offer this same hope that I was given as a child--this same hope that God calls pure and faultless (James 1:27).

I don't know about you, but I want to be a role in this beautiful story of redemption and grace!
Will you join us in supporting the Mays family on this adventure? Follow the link below to directly get your hands dirty in this thing called a second chance. 

I promise you won't regret it.
Peace of Christ to you,

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