Today expanded and contracted over us like it knew why we treaded its ground.
We unfolded out of that turquoise bus that held the whole lot of us. The lot of hearts filled fresh with yeses. A thousand questions met with a thousand yeses that brought us all right here.
And I think about what Bob Goff wrote,
“I used to think you had to be special for God to use you, but now I know you simply need to say yes.”
I think about my beating full life and all the yeses it holds. 30 years of small yeses and hurried yeses. 30 years of heartbreaking, “Can I take that back?” yeses. And big, life changing yeses.
Some yeses weren’t worth the small wisp of my breath. But some of them, some of my yeses, they changed a life.
Changed my life.
Coming on this trip was a big yes. It was a yes born from wonder that somewhere along the way morphed into fear. And then, that yes was rescued and redeemed by the only One who could have called me.
So I stood up on that turquoise bus and I thanked our bloggers for their yeses.
Thanked them for their enthusiastic yes. Their worn through yes. Their, “Are you sure? Me?!” yes.
We climbed out of a bus and into hearts.
And into songs.
You don’t see a child’s smile like this and not feel that this yes is changing lives.
Or hold a hand so tight you wonder why you held onto anything else at all. The praise of man. The possessions. The slow no because you felt like you weren’t the right or special yes.
But, I think Bob was right. I think he said it best, “I used to think you had to be special for God to use you, but now I know you simply need to say yes.”
Yes changes lives. Yes can change a child’s life forever. Yes can change eternity.
If you sponsor a child with Compassion, I hope you know it’s not small.
When did you first say yes to a child in poverty?! Do you remember? I hope you celebrate that day. I’d love for you to share that moment in the comments.
If you haven’t said yes, will you? And know that it’s not small. Even if you feel small or insignificant or everything but special, your yes throws all of that to the wind.
Lisa Leonard created an incredible necklace, exclusive to Compassion. When you say yes to a child in poverty, you’ll get this necklace as a gift.
Brianne also shares this post with a twist over at Our Savory Life. Be sure to check it out!
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