Thursday, August 15, 2013

How Will You Change the World


I try to get regular alone time with my each individual kids where we go on a special date and just talk about them.  Last night I took Jack back-to-school shopping and to dinner at his favorite restaurant.  Conversations with Jack look a lot more like conversations with a college student than conversations with a 10-year old.  He wanted to talk about Edward Snowden and if his actions served our country or jeopardized our security.  We talked about racial profiling and then finished with the China One-Child policy.

Then it got personal.  I felt prompted to ask him how he was going to change the world as a result of his physical challenges.  My little computer nerd told me that he wants to be a surgeon and he wants to help other children with physical needs to be more functional.  That warmed this mom's heart.  I hate that my little guy can't run or keep up with his friends but I can honestly say that I would rather have a compassionate, God-fearing, spiritually called child who is physically challenged than a selfish, world-loving athletic one.

I explained to Jack that when my mom died, there were several women who stepped in to care for me and make sure that I knew I was loved.  That struggle of growing up without a mom and their willingness to step up and take care of me formed in me the heart I have for orphans today.  I may not have changed the world, but I have changed Ruthie's world, DJ's world, and the world of any other orphans who come into our home.

Life is hard.  It's not fair and no one ever said it would be.  We can sit around and feel sorry for ourselves or we can take our experiences, seek the Lord in them, and let Him use them to change the world for someone else.

How will you change the world because of your life experiences?



6 comments:

Suzette Jones said...

What an awesome head he has on his shoulders and a compassionate heart! You are raising an incredible Man of God! Thanks for sharing! Sometimes it seems so hard when we can't help more of those suffering, but we can ALL do our part to ease the suffering if just for one! LOVE YOU!

Bill and Toni said...

I love that Jack!! Can't wait to see how he will indeed change the world!!
Please pray for me (or perhaps for Bill), as I'm feeling a bug coming on... perhaps a 12 yo and a 9yo bug...
Right now it's just a feeling and I know I can't trust feelings... so please pray.

Alissa Hazzard said...

Thank you for sharing. Thank you for sharing your heart, and the heart of your family.

Bryan and I talk about the Henderson family quite often. We look up to you guys so much and we are so blessed to see how Christ is using each and every one of you. It is my prayer that we can be half the parents that you and Trent already are.

Jennie McLeod Photography said...

How precious. What a wonderful man he will become. You are an inspiration as a mother and the love you have given to your children. Trent, a wonderful father and man of God.

Love you both!

Jennie McLeod Photography said...

How very precious! I have no doubt he will be a fine man all because of his parents!

You are such an inspiration. Thank you for writing this. Much love to you and Trent!

Anonymous said...

Ok, I've said it before, but can we arrange a marriage of Jack and Sophie? :) they have the most innocent hearts. Love that Jack!