Updated: Apr 11, 2019
There's something uniquely special about adoption.
Adoption Is Life Changing.
Let me explain.
I was born in Romania in 1991 - shortly after the fall of the Communist government. At three weeks old, I was five pounds and was not expected to live much longer. An ambulance was supposed to take me to one of the orphanages. A setting full of such misery that the children who died were called "the lucky ones." An environment where the basic necessities of life: food, clothing, touch, heat were barely provided, if at all. My fate was sealed: a life without hope, love, or a future. Certain DEATH.
My life was radically changed by adoption. I was given life, love, a new identity, a future…
Nothing about my life was the same the moment my parents adopted me.
Adoption is uniquely special; because, it allows individuals to see life in a completely different way. There's a realization that "had it not been for my parents choosing me, my life should've been completely different." It is a perspective that demands a response. There's no shrugging it off as no big deal. When faced with the reality of what my life should have been it is very sobering. I am filled with awe, love, gratitude... the list is unending. But most of all, there's a sense that this response isn't just a one-time thing. It's ongoing. It's something that will last a lifetime. This one act of love from my parents has radically changed my life; therefore, the way I choose to live my life is radically changed. I choose to live under my new identity. My name, the clothes I wear, the food I eat, the way I talk...it all reflects my family.
Our life with Christ should be no different.
As Christians, we have been adopted. We get the opportunity to see that had it not been for Christ, our lives should've been completely different. It is an act of love that radically changed our lives and demands a response. Not just a one time response. An ongoing, life-long response.
Living life as a Christian should make us look, act, and think differently. We have been saved from certain death! We have been given a new identity! We have been made children of God! Our life is dramatically changed because of who God is and what He has done. He is our salvation, our identity, our Father, our hope, and our purpose. We have been given His name and we get to spend the rest of our lives telling others who He is. Praise God that He is mighty and good and He chose to adopt us as His sons and daughters.
The thought of His love for us should propel us in this life. When we say that we are Christians...it's a big deal. Our lives should reflect Him.
After all - Adoption Changes Everything.
Isn't it amazing that we get to boldly proclaim that we are #adoptedandredeemed
The Adopted & Redeemed Blog was born out of a desire to share God's story in my life, and to proclaim His truth for all Christians: through Christ, we have been Adopted and Redeemed.