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Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Shut Up And Act Awards

Last week, I wrote about how some of us need to act more and talk less.  Well, I’m still talking (no big surprise).  But I’ve taken note of some of the people around me who are putting their faith in action – people who are candidates for the Shut Up And Act Awards.

My first nomination for the Shut Up And Act Awards is my friend Kelly.  She’s one of the hardest working moms I know.  In the past 8 years, she’s taken in over 30 foster kids into her home.  Kids who have no where else to go.  Kids who are hurting.  Kids who are tired of people letting them down.

Kelly takes these kids in and models love, stability, and faith.   Of course she gets attached, but she knows that more often than not she’ll have to let go of these children sooner than they may be ready to go, and she prays that their time together will make a lasting difference.

Kelly recently turned 50, and you would think she would slow down and start worrying about herself.  Instead, she is in the process of adopting a beautiful, 2-year-old boy who has been in her care since he was 9 months old.

So, while other 50-year-old mothers are looking forward to retirement and planning to be empty nesters, Kelly is opening up her arms and her home to more children, including a little boy who needs a mother for years and years to come.

Thanks, Kelly, for modeling action over words.

For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home.  (Matthew 25:35)

Who would you like to nominate for the Shut Up And Act Awards?  Please send me an email at or write a post.  I’d love to hear about it and write about it!

1 comment:

Veronica Lee said...

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