Saturday, April 9, 2011

How We're Remembered...

More often than not we're remembered for how we handle things and carry ourselves during tough times. It seems like our actions during great times for the most part go unnoticed. But when things are bad - people seem to be watching. And there's no better time to be a witness for Christ...

It's no secret we've been walking in a valley the past few months as we try to get LH3 home. Earlier in the week I wrote this on Laura's Facebook wall and I meant every word of it:

"Can I just tell you how much I am impressed and amazed by you? In a time when you could be bitter, angry, frustrated, irritable, selfish, whiny, etc... you have instead chosen to be strong, faithful, compassionate, happy, joyful and encouraging.

We'll be most remembered by how we handle these more difficult times in our lives. I am beyond proud to stand beside you in this wait. Your attitude and behavior and demeanor is making Him famous..."
But man I have seen some sorry posts/comments/etc online lately when it comes to Ethiopia. Adoptive parents bashing the country they are building their families with - even going as far as accusing them of not caring about the families adopting. It floors me. It's selfish. And dumb. Mostly selfish.

When I look at the picture above I can't help but feel a super warm spot in my heart reserved for MOWA, Ethiopia and it's adoption program. Without it - theres no Meron. We would have never known Brighton. We wouldn't be feverishly praying LH3 home.

And through that picture and those thoughts I am reminded of a responsibility of the adoptive parent. We don't need to be online lobbing attacks at the very country our children are in. We need to be standing strong beside the program and its agencies. When they fall or struggle - we pray for them. When they succeed abundantly - we celebrate them. We don't attack them. We don't accuse them of not caring. We show support for them all the time.

How do you want to be remembered in the tougher times of life?


jkseevers said...

Great post, Tymm. The verse that says, "As a man thinks in his heart, so shall he be" is so very true. How we respond can make for an awesome day, or a downer. I choose awesome.

It sounds like Laura IS amazing! What a blessed man you are to have her in your life!


Lyndsay said...

Truth! Thank you!

pat2006 said...

Love this post. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Tymm said...

Thanks Guys! Trying to stay positive in HIM - it gets hard with all the haters/doubters/negative people online!!