Everywhere we go.
I went to the grocery store with my 4 youngest and got told 6 times that I "had my hands full." I was in the store 20 minutes. My children were being perfect (they are not always but that time they were - God knew this sleep deprived mama would need well behaved children that day :)).
It comes with having a big family.
Add having a bi-racial family and you just open yourself wide open to every thought that may come to those passing by.
I marvel many times because I do not feel the need to comment to those around me - for no reason, at all, except to air my thought - weird.
99% of the time I can handle this with grace and engage in conversation. After all, I have only understood much of adoption and orphans in the last few years. What a great opportunity. Many times I have walked away from those "impromptu Q and A sessions" praising God for the opportunity to share God's story in our lives. We have had flight attendants bawl and hug us and tell us that we have given them hope for the first time in a long time. We have had many share their deep desires to adopt or have more children and ask us to pray for them. Many, many beautiful moments that would have never happened had we not been so.... visible.
But then there are the others.
It can be exhausting. Really.
I read this post and thought it was good and the discussion after was interesting.
May I learn from this and realize that I have the opportunity to build up and encourage people [even in a short encounter] or bring thoughtless discouragement for no reason at all.
God, help me to live Colossians 4:5-6 in "those moments." Amen
5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.