Aug 19 2013

I Need A Hero

I need a hero!  In the 80’s, Bonnie Tyler made that plea, she sang, “I need a hero, he’s gotta be strong, he’s gotta be fast and he’s gotta be larger than life. Somewhere just beyond my reach…There’s someone reaching back for me.”

We all need a hero, for those who are Christians, our hero is Jesus, and what a hero He is… He gave his life to save ours.  It doesn’t get more heroic than that, and our response to his act of heroism is to live a life worthy of His sacrifice.  It isn’t complicated, “Love God and Love others.” 

Being a hero isn’t easy, at times, it requires sacrifice, but those sacrifices always pale in comparison to the reward of changing someone else’s life. In Bangkok, I discovered a new super hero today, her name is Marilyn. She doesn’t fly in an invisible airplane, wear spandex or have any super powers, but she is ever bit the hero.  Marilyn is a World Vision sponsor, and she answered an 8 year old boy’s cry for help!   

Nappadon lives in small house built in a Bangkok alley with seven other people. His family lives off what they make as street vendors, between them, they make about $10 a day.  Trying to imagine how your family would manage on $10 a day is sobering!  Without help, this cycle of poverty is endless. Marilyn’s sponsorship of Nappadon, reaches far beyond his own personal care, but provides hope and opportunity for his family and his community.

What Marilyn has done for Nappadon means so much to him that he has a box filled with all of the letters she sends to him, and he even refers to her as “Grandma Marilyn”.  When she sends him something, he shares it with all of the kids in the neighborhood.  Nappadon loves art, and recently received a box of crayons from Marilyn, which he broke and divided among all of the other kids, so they all had something. He is now finally able to attend school, so that he has hope, and a chance to break the cycle of poverty in his family.

Marilyn is proof that you don’t need a super power to be a super hero, you just need to love someone and care enough to make a difference in their life. There are World Vision kids, just like Nappadon, Holding Out For A Hero…  

You can be their Hero! Thanks for being 1 of 1,000 K-LOVE listeners to share Love Around the World! Sponsor a child today!

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Aug 17 2013

Lying Awake

A 23 hour travel day lies ahead of us, yet I can't sleep because I am giddy with excitement over what I believe God is going to do in the next couple weeks, as we embark on this journey to take Love Around The World.  I imagine that the Apostle Paul must have felt this same kind of excitement as he would set out to take the Gospel to other cities and cultures.  This is how we fulfill our purpose in life; how we fulfill the call that Christ gives each of us, to "go and make disciples." That may mean setting out on a journey like this, but it also may be as simple as "going" across the street to love on a neighbor, or comfort a friend, but regardless of where it is, we just need to "go."

Each morning, I try to start my day with a time of devotion, and this is what I read in 1 John 4 this morning:, 

"God sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. We saw his Son and are now telling others about him. God stays one with everyone who openly says that Jesus is the Son of God. That’s how we stay one with God and are sure that God loves us. God is love. If we keep on loving others, we will stay one in our hearts with God, and he will stay one with us. If we truly love others and live as Christ did in this world, we won’t be worried about the day of judgment. A real love for others will chase those worries away. The thought of being punished is what makes us afraid. It shows that we have not really learned to love. We love because God loved us first. But if we say we love God and don’t love each other, we are liars. We cannot see God. So how can we love God, if we don’t love the people we can see? The commandment that God has given us is: “Love God and love each other!”

I never cease to be amazed at how God uses His Word to speak to us so clearly!  Like any good parent, God uses conviction to help mold us and shape us, so that we may continue to grow.  I would venture to say that, for most of us, our first thought waking up isn't "God thank you for the opportunities to 'love others' today." Yet that is what these verses are saying we should strive for. This journey is something that we are all embarking on together, and through this, we have  opportunities to live out the words John penned 2,000 years ago, "We love because God loved us first. But if we say we love God and don’t love each other, we are liars."  

In these next couple weeks, we are hoping to change the course of history for at least 1,000 children around the world, who desperately need us.  To hear that 20,000 children, under the age of 5 will die tomorrow without help is sobering. These are NOT simply statistics, they are CHILDREN, the same as our own. Children who become like our own through child sponsorship.  For what it cost us for a can of Coke, we can give a child HOPE!  

I guess that is why I am lying here awake, I am excited to see how we, as the K-LOVE family, can change the world, one child at a time… offering them hope not only for a better tomorrow, but a hope that lasts for all eternity.