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It’s A Good Thing To Do

Mom, are we moving? Cooper asked.
No.  Why?  I answered.
I heard you and dad talking about where Isaiah lives.  What’s it called?
Vollentine-Evergreen,  I answered.
Yea,  Cooper responded.
We’ve talked and prayed about it a lot, but we believe God wants us to stay in Germantown.  You know they moved there (VE) for a reason, right?  To live among the less-fortunate, to share Jesus, to plant a church? I reminded.
It’s a good thing to do, said the 5 year old.

Cooper is a wise and contemplative soul.  He may not understand the details and difficulty of it all, but he’s clear about the importance of what several of our friends have done over the past months — change their lives and step out of their comfort zones for the gospel of Christ.

As our conversation continued, I explained that hearts are broken where we live and where Isaiah lives and that God has called us here.  We will share Jesus here.  I told him there were needs in both places.  Cooper listened and didn’t argue but followed-up with something along the lines of I just think what they’re doing is better.  I may never know how Cooper drew his conclusion, but I’ve wondered if it’s about visibility.  I wonder if needs are only based on sight for him.  I wonder if he sees homes that need repair, refrigerators that are empty, children who have less and believes those are the only needs that exist.  Just yet, he can’t see homes that are broken inside, tables with no family circled around and children empty inside.  At the same time, I wonder if he’s the one who really sees — it’s a good thing to do.  

Unless God moves us, we stay and pray and support those of you who have been moved.  To the Mays and Coxs and Goforths, know that a 5 year old little boy believes in what you are doing.

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5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Joanna Goforth #

    Oh what an encouragement, Suzanne. And such great conversations going on in your household. Just beautiful. Love you guys and we are so thankful for the support your entire family continues to provide us!

    August 26, 2011
    • Love you guys, too. I was hoping you would feel some encouragement from Coop.

      August 26, 2011
  2. Anita #

    I love that Cooper boy. His understanding is way beyond a five year old, but maybe not. Didn’t Jesus say we have to become like a little child??

    August 26, 2011
  3. Lisa #

    He has the depth, challenge and wisdom of his Mom! What a great conversation and blog post. May your family continue to be salt and light in your neighborhood, and a sustaining force for those of us down here!

    August 26, 2011

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