Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Compassion without Christ = Pity... Nothing more

I've been thinking a lot lately of what is really important in this life. I guess we all do that from time to time. I believe even non-christians think about the importance of their lives occasionally.
Betty shared with me recently, that while she prays for her kids often, the only real request that she has of God for their lives is that they will put Christ first in everything. She said that while she knows they will have success, they will also have failure. While they will experience joy, they will also experience pain. All of us experience the highest of highs and we will all experience the lowest of lows. Only God, and a real relationship with Jesus who gave his life for us, can truly satisfy our souls. David knew this and wrote about it in many of his Psalms.
My son and daughter-in-law, Ryan & Alli, are experiencing pain in their family as I write this. Their nephew, Robbie, passed away suddenly last Saturday. It isn't like we can experience extreme highs in our lives that will cover over the lows. There are some lows, like losing a loved one, that can not be covered by any extreme high. I am thankful for their faith in Christ. I know He is the only one who can comfort them. At times like these, we can only have peace, in a real relationship with Christ.
The work that we do, bringing compassion to the abused and abandoned children here in Monterrey, is like that too. Some of the kids have experienced heartbreak and pain at a very young age. If we only take care of their physical needs like food, clothing and shelter, and do not include Christ, then it is only pity. We can prepare them great meals. We can give them new clothing. And, we can build them great places to live. We can even give them a college education. But if what we do for them, does not eventually include developing a relationship with Christ, it is mere pity!
I thank all of you who support this ministry. I want you to know that we are not just ministering to physical needs. We realize that the most important thing that we can give to our children, or anyone, is to show them the importance of a true relationship with Christ. It is really the ONLY THING that is important.

1 comment:

  1. Jim...I am so sorry for your son and daughter-in-laws family...I can only imagine the pain they are feeling right now. I absolutely agree that the ONLY thing that is important ultimately that we can relate to our kids is a personal relationship with Christ. That will get them through so much bother now and later!!!