Here’s why: It is difficult.
If you think it’s difficult…
- filling out all the paperwork
- talking to your family and friends about why you’re adopting
- coming up with the cash for the adoption fees
- waiting, hoping, and praying for a child
- waiting for 7 days to see if the birth-parents are going to change their minds (for domestic adoptions in our state)
- answering questions from strangers about your child
- making sure you send pictures and letters to the birth-parents
- answering questions from your child about adoption
- answering questions from your child about his birth-parents
Adoption is difficult. There are more reasons why adoption is difficult. But here’s one of the payoffs: it’s worth it. It’s worth it to look into my son’s eyes and my whole being rejoices, “My son!” It’s worth it to look into my daughter’s eyes and and think, “My precious baby girl!”
And since when did we Christians think we were called by Christ to do only things that are easy? I’m not above this. I choose the easy path way too often.
But let us have this mind among us which is ours in Christ Jesus, who took the difficult road that we might be adopted into God’s family. He didn’t seek the path of least resistance. No, he carried a cross (and stumbled) down a path to a hill called Golgotha. He took the path that led to nails piercing through skin, muscles, tendons, and bones. He took the difficult way so that we who trust him could become his brothers and sisters and sons and daughters of God. The Father adopted us at the great cost of his son’s life.
Don’t let the difficulties of adoption keep you from adopting. Don’t adopt because it’s easy. It’s not. Adopt because it’s worth it.