This is actually a blog post that I wrote last month on my old blog, and I felt compelled to re-post it here.  When people say, “It isn’t about the money,” many of them are telling the truth.  It’s not about the money, but it is about what you do with the money.  The more money you make, the more money you can give away.  I hope this post touches you in some way:

The other day I wrote a blog post entitled “Should I Care?” I used that title in an effort to get people’s attention, because it obviously could have covered a multitude of topics. That particular topic happened to be about when to share your business opportunity with friends and family. Today’s topic is much more important. Actually, it’s a matter of life and death in many instances.

After all of the children had gone to bed last night (or so I thought), I walked into my bedroom to find my oldest daughter sitting at the foot of our bed, talking to her mom. She was crying and clearly very upset. Being the father that I am, I assumed that one of her brothers had said unkind things to her (as brothers are wont to do). That wasn’t the case. You see, my daughter has a heart for orphans, and she spends a good amount of time following blogs of people who either have adopted or are going to adopt orphans from around the world. Many of these orphans have been cast aside by their societies due to mental or physical disability, illness, or other difficulties. It is her dream to give a loving home to as many of these “unwanted” little ones as possible. She absolutely loves it when she finds out that one of these children has gotten their “forever” family.

Unbelievably, far too many countries treat orphans with disabilities (even minor ones) as something less than human. For instance, in some Eastern European countries, if such children have not been adopted by the time they reach the age of 5, they are transferred to a mental asylum, which is often a death sentence because 95 percent of all children with Down Syndrome die in such institutions after they are transferred there. You can read a full account of one such case here at the blog No Greater Joy Mom. How can something so horrible be taking place on this planet in this day and age? How can these precious, vulnerable children be treated so cruelly, so heartlessly? We wouldn’t treat animals like this, yet such horrific treatment is inflicted upon these children because they are not valued as human beings; they are deemed worthless and unworthy of love, compassion, even decency. What have we become?

It’s no wonder such stories and images broke my sweet daughter’s heart to the point of tears. Besides her and a few others out there, who cares about the plight of these children? Oh, it’s easy to shake our heads, tsk, tsk it and say how awful it is. But what are we doing about it? Are we just paying lip service to these atrocities, so we can get back to our microwaved meals and large screen TVs? Don’t get me wrong; I’m asking myself these questions first and foremost, for I am shamefully guilty. It took the broken heart of my own precious child to break mine.

Too many people say that they just can’t adopt, that they don’t have the money or the room to care for another child. It’s true, not everyone is called to adopt, and I’m sure it can be quite difficult and daunting trying to care for these desperate children. But which one of us can say that living in America, in a clean home, surrounded by love, is not a better place for any of these orphans to be compared to these institutions in which they are tied down to their beds? Maybe we can’t all adopt; maybe we are called to support adoption agencies and adopting parents financially in any way we can. Does my Starbucks coffee mean so much to me that I can’t put aside that $4.00 a day, instead choosing to support the orphans? Am I going to just pretend I haven’t seen these images or read these reports because it’s unpleasant and might interfere with my enjoying the baseball game? God forbid.

One day, we will all stand before a righteous God, and we will be accountable to Him for what we have done with all that He’s blessed us with. What will we say? It will be too late then to be broken-hearted.

“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25:40

– Mark

Numis Network is a company that believes in giving back, and supports such worthy organizations as World Vision, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the SUCCESS Foundation’s 8 to Gr8 program.