This week I did sprints up a mountain. Okay, okay, it was a hill, but it was still high so for the rest of this post I will continue to refer to it as a mountain.
If I’m being honest, I hated it most of the time. Running up a mountain sucks. My lungs burned, my legs were weak, and I hated the amount of sweat my body produced.
My friends and I ran to the bottom of the hill from our house and by the time I got there I already wanted to quit. They convinced me to do the first sprint. Halfway up I told them I’d meet them back at the bottom, but they pointed vaguely in the distance and said, “We’re almost there.” They lied, but I ran forward.
They were patient and pushy all at the same time and I’m grateful. They didn’t let me quit—they knew I could do it and they knew it’d be good for me. If I had set out to run up that mountain by myself there is no doubt in my mind that I would’ve given up.
The run brought me back to a sermon I heard that week where the question posed was, “Who are you running with?”
When I’m facing mountains (both figuratively or literally) and I’d rather just stop going, it’s the people encouraging me that push me forward. I know this isn’t just true for me, it’s true all around the world. A good community can influence people in the best of ways. That’s why I’m so thankful the children we serve at VisionTrust have both sponsors and local heroes to encourage them.
When I hear about all the mountains these kids are facing, it feels overwhelming. But then I think about the voices God has put along their path and I’m reassured. Your letters, your prayers, and your love make a difference in the lives of these children. God has placed you as a part of their community for a reason. When they face struggles, I pray they would look at the group of people running beside them and feel like they can make it to the top of the mountain.
We want to know, how do you encourage your sponsored child?
PS—Has it been a while since you’ve written your sponsored child? Send your letter via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.