Monday, July 11, 2011

Doing What's Uncool... And Lovin It!!

Maybe I'm setting my goal too high. Maybe Olga's give to won't get any higher than it is right now. Maybe some people think it's silly, maybe some people think it's great. Maybe some people plan on buying an ornament soon, maybe some people wouldn't buy one with someone else' s money. 
Will I be disappointed if I don't reach my goal? Nope. Will I ever attempt a fund raiser again? Most likely. Yeah.. I'm sure I will. 

Will I still be checking my chip in every 30 seconds? Of Course!!!

But I know I'm doing the right thing. It may or may not be a huge monetary success, but it is what God wants me to do. Not just the Give To, but the advocating. Advocating for orphans in whichever way I am capable of doing at this point in my life.

I used to think the only way I could help was to donate. I used to think if I didn't have money , than what could I possibly do to help? 
Then I realized the power of prayer. To pray for someone is a powerful way to advocate. It always helps. 

Then I realized the power of the written word. No matter how or what you write, you are bound to strike a cord or reach the heart of someone. Someone will be touched by what you write. I truly believe that God puts the right thoughts into the right words.And those words will reach the person God whats to hear/read them.

Then I realized that everyone has something to give. If you think hard enough and pray long enough, you will figure out what it is you have. What can you share? Your time? Your talents? Do you bake? Do you make jewelry? Are you a great events coordinator? Are you crafty?  Do you sew? 

And then tonight I read this on a friends FB:

"To be nobody-but yourself-in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody but yourself-means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting." EE.Cummings
Then I realized , that's what  I'm doing. I'm being myself. This is who I am. I am an ADVOCATE. It's what I do, in a world that says it's not cool. It's not cool to ask for money, or donations, or constantly try to educate people on the atrocities that are happening in this day and age to beautiful children , just like my Emmie.  
I grew up having a lot of issues about what people thought of me. Did I look ok? Were people talking about me? Were they making fun of me? I just wanted to fit in. In no way did I want to stick out in a crowd or be noticed for being different.  
Never would I be the one to make the move to an unpopular subject. I would never be the one standing proudly to defend the orphans that most people could care less about. There not our problem, right? Let's take care of our own. There are kids starving in the States. There are orphans here too. We've all heard the remarks and comments. And they are all true. We do have hungry kids here and orphans.
I would never go toe to toe with something as uncool as defending international special needs adoption.  I mean someone might not like me, or they might whisper about me when I walk by. 
Right about now I'm sure there have been some conversations where my name and efforts were mentioned. Probably followed by a head shake and a smirk.
And you know what. I'm not losing sleep over it. For the first time in my entire life I don't care what people think. I don't care if you think I'm crazy for loving these children.  And you know what else? It feels great!! What a burden lifted from me! I don't have to worry about what anyone is thinking. I'm right with God and that's all that matters. Tell me, all you other crazy orphan loving advocates out there, do you feel the same? 
So back to my $500.00 goal. I happen to think it's entirely realistic. 
Think big or don't think at all! 
I'm thinking big beautiful Christmas tree and Olga just gazing at all those sparkling ornaments. Complete delight and amazement in her eyes. 37 more people can make that happen. 



Adrienne said...

What you're doing is the coolest thing ever!! You're trying to help save a child's life! If anyone questions that or thinks you're strange for doing so then they have their own issues they need to deal with. You're doing God's work and that's always a cool thing, no matter what ANYONE says.

Melissa said...

There are so many ways to help other than by donating and your fundraiser is helping. As any of us that have followed RR know, anything helps. I'll be putting in my ornament order next week!