Like a new parent or grandparent, I immediately wanted to show off my picture of my beautiful child when I became a sponsor. I printed off Lucky’s photo and added it alongside pictures I had of my children on a shelf in my office at work. I love looking up from my monitor and seeing their sweet faces.
As co-workers would come and go from my office, they would always ask about my new addition, and I would proudly tell them all about Lucky just like any new parent. Because I over-analyze every situation, I started having second thoughts. What if the picture of Lucky I treasure so much was coming across as look-at-what-a-good-person-I-am type of vibe? That is is the absolute last thing I would ever want so I took his picture down.
The same feeling haunted me when I was going to buy my little ones Compassion shirts so I decided against it. While I wanted to start this blog for such a long time, the same reason kept me from it.
“But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6 3-4
My first blog post is my must needed reminder that I reference often. That verse comforts me and reassures my decision to blog when the voice in the back of my head discourages advocacy by painting a picture of self-righteousness.
I sincerely hope that as you read the words I type, it is evident this blog was born straight out of my heart. While I physically and monetarily cannot end poverty and/or help all of these children, I can still do my part based upon my strengths. My part being to be the best sponsor I can be to Lucky and hope in return, he helps others who helps others who helps others, creating a ripple effect. My other part being to confidently advocate and be a voice for all of the Luckys out there.
And by the way, not one, but two photographs of Lucky currently sit on my shelf at work.