Everyone has a story. Each story consists of challenges and successes. Sometimes situations we cannot control determine our stories. At other times, our choices clearly write every line. This is one of those times. The choice we make will determine the pages that follow.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve shared stories from single moms, pastors desiring to reach the fatherless of their communities, and missionaries. Last week, we considered the story of Esther and Mordecai, which demonstrates the great hope that caring even for one orphan can bring. Today, as we near the close of the Green Bean Project, I want to ask you a very important question. What will our story be? What will your story be?
Orphans don’t have a choice in their situation. If they did, I’m sure most of them would choose not to have lost their parents in the first place. They would choose to grow up with a mom and dad who loved them and raised them in the way they should go. But they don’t get to choose that.
They also don’t get to choose who or how others become involved in their lives. They don’t get to choose who fosters them. They don’t get to choose who their teachers are. They don’t get to choose who will invest in their life. As a single mom testified earlier this year, their greatest asset is God bringing the right people into their lives at the right time.
We, like Esther, do have a choice. Esther reminded Mordecai of the risk in going to see the king without an invitation. If the king did not raise his scepter to welcome them, they would be put to death. In response, Mordecai said,
“For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14)
If we want the right people in the lives of the fatherless, then at some point, we must choose the fatherless over ourselves and the lives we’re used to living.
What if the choice you make in this area determines the pages that follow? What if, like Mordecai, the choice you make will set an orphan up to bring deliverance to an entire nation? What if the choice you make will bring the hope of salvation to hundreds of children—or maybe to just one. The choices we make as we consider the Green Bean Project are not light choices. They have eternal impact whether we determine to participate, invest ourselves, or ignore it.
What will your story be?