Awhile ago, I read a book titled "Kisses from Katie"
I reviewed it on my Good Reads account and here is what I wrote:
It takes an extremely strong woman (in mind and faith) to leave everything she new ~ the wealthy comforts of home ~ to go to another country to serve those less fortunate (which is an extreme understatement). At the age of 19, Katie has more love and compassion than so many of the people I know. Her love of God and the desire to serve and follow him is simply inspiring. I definitely recommend this book.
I read the book back in February and it's words continue to creep into my mind and heart.
Let me give you an example: A couple of months ago our family had to make some decisions. These decisions had to do with my husbands job. His company was bought out a little over a year ago. Things were changing ~ he had to reapply and reinterview. He was offered a continued position with the new company, but wasn't so sure he was interested. You see the new company is much larger than the old. He was concerned about the new direction, and becoming just another dispensable number. He was concerned about the lack of customer service and the way the new company treated their customers. It was becoming something and someone he wasn't. It was stressful not wanting to be where he was, but not knowing what was going to come. Regardless of what he ultimately decided to do, we knew we would be ok. And while we were stressed out and unsure, I knew that we were still so fortunate compared to so many.... compared to too many.
I kept coming back to this book and this quote/story written and witnessed by a 19 year old girl who has uprooted herself to make a difference and help those who are truly in need:
"During our one night hospital stay, doctors diagnosed sweet baby Patricia with pneumonia and severe malnutrition. Her HIV test came back negative and I praised Jesus for that. In the hospital, I fed her high-energy formula and then took her home to continue to care for her until she was well. For the first twenty-four hours, I could hardly stand to look at her. The hurt and the hunger in her lifeless little eyes were simply unbearable. Every time I changed her diaper, it was filled with large worms - big, fat earthworm-sized worms. To add to her misery, she could hardly sleep at night because of the cough that assailed her weak little body."
You see, this problem and stresses because of it that we were facing felt daunting, confusing and frustrating. But as I reread this passage and many others, I was reminded to find perspective. My family has food on the table. We have clean water. We are healthy. We have family and friends we can go to in times of need. I'm not saying that times will not come that we lose hope, hurt, cry, stress, want to quit or give up, break down or become hungry ~ physically or emotionally. This is part of being human. But I just hope that we can find the light where there is darkness and to keep it all in perspective.