When you first hear the word addicted, what do you think...what are your feelings? For me, I immediately have negative feelings. As I looked up definitions of addicted they all typically led to some kind of substance abuse and we all know there are millions of other types addictions. Here is one definition: the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming...
So when someone asks me if I'm addicted to adopting...it really, really irritates me!! If addictions are typically a bad thing, are they implying that I have a problem with tending to the cry of the orphan & that I should get help for my problem?
For whatever reason this thought came to mind today...the thought of being 'addicted' to adopting & what that really means...does addiction always have to be a bad thing?
~Am I sold out to answer the CLEAR call of the Lord to care for the orphan...YES!
~Do I feel that every child deserves a forever family and am I willing to do whatever it takes to advocate...YES!
~Has raising awareness, advocating, adopting, encouraging & supporting adoption become habit forming...YES!!
~Am I affected by the devastating reality that there are over 153 million orphans in the world...Is it something that can keep me up at night weeping over...YES!
~Is the orphan situation something I pray about, talk about, & share about like non-stop...YES!!! (just ask my friends ;)
Hmmm, so I guess in light of my little revelation...I must be completely sold-out, 100% addicted to adoption & the care of children without a voice! I am completely engrossed with my one and only Savior, Jesus Christ...the Savior who has boldly and clearly called our family to not only adoption but to raising awareness. Sorry my friends...but I'm addicted...addicted to obediently following my God!