Although my personality/way I respond to things is partially from genetics…it mainly has to do with how I was raised. The 2 people who raised me; Warren and Barbara, taught me to embrace every situation as an opportunity to TRUST God and show people his love and mercy…although my parents are not perfect, I watched them for 21 years shower people with love and respond to each circumstance that they found themselves in (good AND bad) with gratefulness, humility and love. They saw EVERY situation as an opportunity for God to USE THEM, and admitted that “This is not about us, it’s about God shining through us.”
As I was thinking about all of this…I realized that if I had been raised differently, I probably wouldn’t have responded to the news my birth mother told me last year…I may have been angry at her, I may have blamed her for the problems I had as a baby, I may have felt guilty for surviving…
The only reason I can think of that I actually responded the way I did (I love her, forgive her, sympathize with her, and Im grateful for this opportunity to let God use my story of survival in people’s lives) is because of the 2 people who raised me. They raised me as a Christian and helped me humble myself to know that these is always a bigger picture that God has planned for us…and our lives/the events in our lives are just part of God’s big puzzle.
I am grateful for ADOPTION and I am grateful that God gave me the parents He did who taught me how to respond to situations that are not ideal. God is using my story for His glory…it’s amazing and I’m proud to say it’s out of my hands