Everyone deserves to be loved. For some that comes easily; for others it takes time. We don't get to choose the families we are born into; we just get the luck of the draw. We do have control over how we deal with the hand dealt to us though.
Each of us make choices in life. We can choose to go forward and do as much good as possible. Or we can choose to be sour and reckless and stagnant.
I stumbled onto an article of a teenage boy who had stood before a church congregation on Sunday and asked for a family to adopt him. He was born in jail and has never had a family of his own, living in foster homes or centers all of his 15 years.
This summer he found his mother's obituary online. This spurred him to move on. He began to work on his anger management, lost weight, put his heart into his school work and decided to find himself a family.
He remembered hearing that the Lord helps those who help themselves. So, Davion Navar Henry Only hatched a plan to find a family to call his own.
This article broke my heart and gave me hope at the same time. My heart breaks for this 15 year old boy who has never known the comfort of a loving family or a warm home, but Davion's resolve to find a family makes me smile at this kid's drive. Not everyone has drive to follow one's dreams; in fact, it has been my experience that few have this kind of drive.
So, do you have a place in your heart and in your home for Davion or someone like him? As of the printing of the article on Monday, no one had come forward to adopt Davion.
Part of me wants to call the number in the article and say, "Yes, We want to adopt this boy!" when I think about this boy's lonely heart. And part of me knows that we are not equipped to do that and don't have the resources to add another child to our family.
Of course, this is not to be entered into lightly. This is the life of a young man we're talking about. But everyone deserves to be loved and to know the warmth of that feeling of going home to one's family.
Have you ever considered opening up your heart and home to an orphan? Over and out…