Another song…”Change” by Carrie Underwood.

“Don’t listen to them when they say…Just a fool to believe you can change the world.”  That lyric grips me every time!  There are a lot of things about choosing to follow the way of Jesus in our lives that this world thinks is foolish.  Some might say adoption in and of itself is foolish.  They might say what about “this” experience or “that” experience, or look at “these” statistics.  Some might question our desire to adopt internationally from Ethiopia. “Aren’t you worried about how you will be received as a white family raising black children?”  There are always plenty of other questions, examples, and reasons to not do this or not do that.  Each time the world whispers in your ear, trying to convince you that you’re a fool to believe you could change the world.  But as Christ followers we choose to operate out of faith and not fear.  We walk forward trusting God can do great things with those who live out faith as small as a mustard seed.  We aren’t naive enough to think that everything will be perfect.  What we do know though is that we live for and serve a God who has been involved in changing hearts and lives for thousands of years…and we believe He will continue to change ours and those around us, hopefully one beautiful Ethiopian child at a time.

Foolishness?  I don’t know about you…but we are choosing to trust that by God at work in and through us, we have a chance to change the world!

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate”…For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength. Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”
–1 Corinthians 1:18ff