let-go Every “thing” I have and everything I am is a gift from my Father. God gave me my home, my car, my job, my wife, etc. Nothing is mine. I believe a lie when I think or act otherwise.

God gave me breath, and God gave me time. I did nothing to get them. I just have them. And I’m starting to think that I’m treating His generosity like a bad renter treats a home — with disrespect.

I could have been born into poverty and oppression like the children I sponsor. But I wasn’t.

You could have been born into poverty and oppression too. But you weren’t. Why?

I’m tempted to end this post here, with the profundity of “why,” but I don’t know what the point would be. I don’t know my point. What does a post full of unanswerable questions have to do with the children we sponsor?

I don’t know.

Maybe God’s telling me to let go. Maybe He wants me to put my faith in Him, to stop needing a reason for everything I do. Maybe He has plans for this blog and for Compassion’s ministry — plans that I’ve been getting in the way of.

I don’t know.

Maybe He wants you to let go of something too. I don’t know.

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  1. Jun 18, 2010
    at 6:16 am

    Thanks for the post, Chris.

    I’ve been realizing similar things about myself–so, you’re not alone!

  2. Teresa
    Jun 18, 2010
    at 6:33 am

    I just had this same conversation with a co-worker yesterday. We both sponsor children, and we were talking about why these children were born in poverty, and yet our children are here in the USA and have everything they could need, and most things they want. Why does God allow this? Of course, we have no answers either. It’s a tough question!

    While we may not get answers as to why so many are in dire poverty, we do know we are listening to God and following His leading to do what we can for our sponsored children. It draws us closer to Him, draws our sponsored children closer to Him, and even serves as an example to my own daughters and extended family. I tell anyone who will listen about my “daughters” in Haiti and Rwanda. And maybe that is another lesson He wants us to learn – loving people we have never even met. I love my sponsored girls as if they were my own. Isn’t that how God loves us? Even when we were separated from Him in our sin, He still loved us as His very own children.

    This is a topic that can stir up alot of discussion!

  3. Jun 18, 2010
    at 9:32 am

    Our family, as well as many I’ve talked to who are now sponsors, have found ourselves letting go of the mentality that we need “more”. Letting go of the thoughts that we need to “keep up with the Joneses”, letting go of live being all about us.

    I have thought about why our 6 lovely Compassion kids are living their lives of hardship while we live our lives in relative comfort. As an emotional person, it can be easy to get caught up in it all. My aim is to be pro-active with the resources I have. I have a blog (click my name) where I try to spread the word about Compassion. I am an Advocate and can give my time and effort to help find sponsors and plants seeds within people’s hearts. Our family tries to be very careful about conserving the resources God has given us, it is ALL from Him, and using it in ways to bring glory to Him.
    For the first time yesterday, I heard a song that moved me called Keep Changing the World by Mikeschair. That song and Follow You by Leeland are my anthems in this journey to reach out to children in poverty. Look them up, hopefully they will inspire you, too!

    • Danielle
      Jun 18, 2010
      at 12:08 pm

      Michelle, I think of Compassion and my sponsored kids every time I hear, “Keep Changing the World”!

  4. Marvin
    Jun 18, 2010
    at 11:05 am

    With fathers day this Sunday…it makes we think I live the life I live because of my father, grandfather, great-grandfathers…hard work and sacrifice. They took a risk and came to America 250 years ago and built a good country. Not perfect but good. I benefit from all the sacrifices they made.

  5. Amanda
    Jun 18, 2010
    at 12:17 pm

    Thanks for the post Chris! Since I have become a sponsor I find myself slowly letting go, much like Michelle is describing. I still have a long way to go. The short time I have been a sponsor has changed me for the better. And I pray every day that I will continue down that path. It is so easy to get caught up in the race for the nicest home, car or having whatever the new “hot” item is. When my mind starts to turn in that direction I try and think of my kids. Their need is so much greater. The more financially responsible I force myself to be, the more I have for them. I remind myself that this is the Lord’s money. Would He rather I buy a new Ipad or help a hungry child eat? It really helps me to put things into prospective. So I will fight everyday to “let go”. I pray the Lord makes me strong to walk to path less traveled. So thank you Chris and you are never alone in these thoughts and feelings. God Bless!

  6. Jun 18, 2010
    at 12:47 pm

    I thought twice about publishing this post because it seems more personal, like something I’d put on my own blog (if I had one), rather than Compassion’s corporate blog, and as I said, I’m not sure what the point was.

    I’m glad you’re commenting because the sound of crickets chirping over the silence of no comments would’ve made me second guess my decision to publish.

    What do you think? Do posts like these have a place here? Do they add any value for you?

    • Amanda
      Jun 18, 2010
      at 1:17 pm

      Absolutely! Its great encouragement for all of us! Its like you said “Maybe He has plans for this blog and for Compassion’s ministry”. Follow your heart and the path the Lord is leading you down. We may never know the reason but maybe we are not meant to.

    • Jun 18, 2010
      at 2:05 pm

      I like personal. We talk about developing children, but even as adults we’re still developing. We should be able to talk about common thoughts, feelings, struggles, etc. I think it “develops” us. Post away, Chris G. No crickets chirping here. :)

    • DeeDee Hammer
      Jun 18, 2010
      at 11:09 pm

      Thanks Chris and yes these post do have a place here, I totally can relate to what you have said…I have so far to go…

    • Jun 18, 2010
      at 11:29 pm

      Do posts like these have a place here?

      You bet “posts like these have a place here”! Your personal posts (as with the personal posts others have written) provokes thinking and soul-searching in your readers. You also honor us by drawing us into your journey–only to find that you’re not so different from the rest of us mortals.

      I think I have learned to refrain from thinking “Finally! I’ve made a total, all-out, no reservations, nothing-held-out commitment to the Lord!” because He will reveal something else that I hadn’t even figured into the equation. And when He reveals yet another piece of myself that I really didn’t want to see, I’ve finally concluded that His point is not that I should withdraw into a dark corner and punish myself, for a while; what He really wants is for me to own whatever it is and ask Him to transform that in me–and then to move on. That is one kind of letting go that has been a very long time in coming.

      I’ve recently been letting go of a very old part of my story that I hadn’t ever even considered a part of my story because I certainly didn’t want anyone to know! Notice that I did not say “I have let it go,” because it has tendrils deep down in my soul. But I’m letting God dig it out a little at a time.

      And in the process I have become absolutely convinced that there is *nothing* in my life that He cannot and will not redeem, if I’ll just give it to Him. Can I get an “AMEN!”?

    • Stephanie T. Green
      Jun 20, 2010
      at 12:04 am

      People like “real”. And your personal blogs are real. Without them, an outsider who stumbles upon this site might think the other blogs have a commercial tone to them….trying to convince people they need to sponsor. Those blogs are valuable (and I don’t think they are commercial AT ALL) but showing the real side to sponsorship can reach people in a way like no other. In fact, my all time favorite blog entry was: “Confessing something that probably means I’m human”. Remember that one? Great stuff!!!

  7. Jun 18, 2010
    at 4:17 pm

    These are very humbling thoughts, Chris. Along with preaching the Gospel to ourselves, these are kinds of reminders that i need.

  8. James H.
    Jun 18, 2010
    at 10:17 pm

    Chris, it is a great post. You are correct, this post could bring in so many answers. From the moment me and my daughters picked up the information packet on our first sponsored child – the doubts and fears began. The best part is, I know that some are given a little to help those with none. Trusting in the Lord to provide the means to maintain this sponsorship has been a blessing to us. It really does bring home, “give us our daily bread”

  9. Paul Clutterbuck
    Jun 18, 2010
    at 10:47 pm

    Your post came at just the right time, Chris. In the last few days the Lord has been speaking to me more about putting aside my career expectations, to make room for a larger calling. I’m taking this as another partial confirmation of that.

  10. Lindy
    Jun 20, 2010
    at 3:57 am

    Chris, I appreciate your post so much! You have a gift for helping people to see and think beyond our normal scope, and then to respond in a Christlike way.

  11. Deborah B.
    Jun 20, 2010
    at 8:50 am

    I was just thinking about this the other day.Every child born not expecting where they will be born. Some may be born in proverty, in war where there is turmoil or in peaceful land and/or in with “everything” they have.Everyone is test by God..we cannot ignore God. We need God to help us change the world through one child at a time. Just be thankful for what you have and sacrifice yourself through ‘gift’ to the families. You have given them an ‘HUGE’ cup of love(cold water). You have made a difference in their lives. Amen.

  12. Jun 20, 2010
    at 1:20 pm

    Chris, what an genuine and honest post. Those a legit questions, and good points. How quickly in our culture we read the words of Jesus that say, “he who seeks to save his life shall lose it, but he who looses his life for my sake shall find it,” and quickly go back and cling on to everything we have. As though these temporal things are really our life.

    There is indeed real power in letting go – not just with our hands but with our hearts. Once we let go with our hearts, there is ultimately more room for God inside. I think that’s the reason why we’re supposed to do that anyway.

    Kudos for your sincerity and transparency in such a public arena. I believe that’s what He calls us to.

  13. Michelle
    Jun 21, 2010
    at 9:16 am

    My husband lost his job in March. He found another one, but is making FAR less than we made before. In fact, our family now falls below the poverty threshold for the United States. Talk about humbling. And scary.

    However, Compassion has made me realize that no matter how hard I am struggling…. so many others out there have it worse.

    I have more to let go….

  14. Summer
    Jun 26, 2010
    at 6:50 pm

    Recently, and possibly even the day of this post, a friend of mine had a dream about me. Throughout this dream she spent 45 minutes praying and crying over me that I would just “let go.” She did not know the content of what she was praying for in my life, but she woke up feeling distressed and battle-worn.

    Today I finished Wess Stafford’s “Too Small to Ignore.” And in seeking to learn more, I ran across this post. I do not know fully what it means to let go in my life. But one theme that continues to drive me is Jesus’ prayer, “Your kingdom come. Your will be done.”

    Thank you for writing this post. I see God’s hand in it. I pray that God’s message to let go will not be lost on me. After recently hearing Wess speak at Catalyst West Coast, I am more convinced than ever that ministry to the children of this world is paramount. May I let go of anything in my life that would hinder “the least of these” from the Kingdom of God!

  15. Amy Wallace
    Jun 27, 2010
    at 11:05 am

    I’m pretty sure God has been telling me to let go of MY plans and ambitions for the future, and follow HIS.

    Great post, Chris.

  16. Diane Culter
    Jun 29, 2010
    at 9:37 pm

    Being new to sponsoring a child has made my husband and I think about things in a different light. Hindsight finds that my taking action in what I think might be God’s will hasn’t always been correct. I think that personally, I get in the way and need to learn to “Let God be God”-like the song goes. Your post has made me further reflect on letting go of certain things that I have no control over. Worry being the biggest problem and exercising more faith that God’s will can be done without my actions.

    I hope you continue to offer more thought provoking posts.

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