Proverbs 31:8-9 (Link up your own post!)

First, I’m so sorry this is so late! Whew, college is crazy, but here I am!

Originally, my plan was to begin this series in verse 10, but I looked up two verses, and I feel like the Lord is leading me to discuss them with you girls!

Let’s start by looking at this verse. I’m showing it to you in three different translations.

The Message Bible puts it like this:  
“Speak up for the people who have no voice,
    for the rights of all the down-and-outers.
Speak out for justice!
    Stand up for the poor and destitute!”
The NIV translates it this way:
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
    for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;
    defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
And finally, the New King James Version says this:
 “Open your mouth for the speechless,
In the cause of all who are appointed to die.
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And plead the cause of the poor and needy.”
So the point of these verses is pretty self explanatory. There are those who are helpless, and there are those with a God given responsibility to help the helpless. These verses were originally written for a king, a very powerful person back in Bible times, but think with me for a minute about how our culture is different from theirs. 
These days, most of us young American people have a lot of power to help people out. We aren’t restricted by location, and we especially as young women are not restricted by society. We have countless opportunities to do so much for people thrown in our laps, but we seldom take these opportunities. 
God has put it on my heart recently how I really do have the ability to change lives in the name of his Son, and has convicted me of my laziness. I’m so often guilty of thinking I will “do ministry” when I’m older, out of college, and have more time, but as ambasadors of the Kingdom, we can’t think that way. 
 James 1:27 says this:  Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
That is the heart of our faith: reaching out to others. People aren’t won to Christ by our fancy “Christian” talk. Jesus ministered to physical needs and spiritual needs, and often to physical needs first. How many of us just sit around living our lives never really doing anything worthwhile. I mean, in eternity, is the time we spent reading novels, watching movies, and goofing off really going to matter? I’m not saying we should never have fun, but the modern mindset that creeps into the church is that we can do the minimum for Christ, and really just live for ourselves, when in reality all that matters is what we do for Christ. 
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So you may be wondering what I mean by working for the Kingdom. Maybe you haven’t been presented with many opportunities to serve. Here are a few ideas to help you brainstorm about how God could use you in someone’s life.

1. Sponsor a Child
A representative from Compassion International spoke in Chapel here last semester. I’ve been praying about starting to sponsor a child myself. My goal is to let my Etsy shop support my sponsorship. 
Here’s how it works, you pay a monthly fee to provide for the basic needs of an at risk child. You are able to right letters, send gifts, and really get to know the child you sponsor. Maybe the monthly fee is a little much for you. Try getting a group of friends together and sponsor together!

2. Support a Cause
Find something worth wile, and get involved in it! In a couple of weeks, my school is doing a 27 hour standing protest to raise money to fight slavery. Walk or run for charity. Buy from ethical companies. 

3. Volunteer
I’m blessed to go to a wonderful Christian college that provides tons of opportunities for volunteering. Some friends and I go to a children’s home to hang out with the kids. Check out your local crisis pregnancy center and see if volunteering there would be right for you. Visit nursing homes and hang out with elderly people who may not have any family around.

4. Go on Mission Trips
I’ve been on one, and let me tell you girls, it is legitimately awesome to see how God works on these trips! I went to Costa Ricca with my youth group in high school. We worked with people living in extreme poverty, orphans, and a local church. Next summer I’m hoping to go on a mission trip with my school, but we will see if that works out. Really pray about it, and try to find an opportunity to go!

Okay, overwhelmed? Don’t be! Find one way that you can do something that matters for eternity, and dive in wholeheartedly. Start small, and watch God work!

I hope this post was encouraging. It was encouraging to me just writing it. 
Alright, now it’s your turn to post your thoughts on these verses. Write about whatever you want, but if I find something offensive, I will remove the link:)

I love you beautiful girls, and will talk to you soon!

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