Sunday, July 24, 2011

A Thankful Heart

The 2 Weeks for 200 project continues to build momentum. Facebook Page? Up to an ever-growing 135 likes! Promo Video? A pretty formidable 92 views! And the Lindquist Family's Slideshow- a whopping 200 views. simply phenomenal. But notice something interesting- and thought provoking. Out of all the stats I just listed, the Lindquists sit nicely on the top. And honestly, I think it all comes back to one thing:

A Thankful Heart.

Growing up as a kid, one of my favorite shows was the Christian cartoon series Veggie Tales. For those of you who aren't familiar with it, it's a bunch of animated vegetables (faces, voices, and everything but arms and legs) telling stories. Sometimes they're Bible stories, sometimes they're just cute little stories to teach a lesson about Life. One of the classics was an episode called Madame Blueberry, which talked about a lesson in thankfulness. At the beginning, Madame Blueberry is (literally) distraught over the fact that her neighbors have nicer kitchen appliances and other household items than she does. So when a huge mega-store (aptly named "Stuff Mart") opens next door, you can guess what happens. After completely buying a sales pitch from some of the business men at the store,  Madame gets everything she does and doesn't need. But on the way home, she sees a poor family who live in a small tree house (remember, this is children's television) as opposed to the mini-mansion she lives in. Upon seeing them, she hears the child in the family singing a little song

"Because a thankful heart is a happy heart, I'm glad for what  I have, that's an easy way to start. For the love that He shares, and He listens to our prayers, that's why I say 'thanks' every day"

The success of the "2 Weeks" project would not be possible without the Lindquists. That slideshow I collaborated on with them brought so many people together and made me trust God so much deeper. And when all was said and done, I can't say I've seen many more people quite as thankful as Mrs. Lindquist was, just for taking a couple days to work on something to bring their sweet boy home. She has spread the word, shared the video and S4TS everywhere, and to see all of their hard work alongside me bring so much joy to them, really does make any sacrifice I might have made so worth it.

But most of all, their thankful hearts are what is really endearing. For a task that was simple, and even more so, enjoyable, we have heartily loved working with them. And we thank them wholeheartedly for their efforts to help us here at Speaking for the Silent.

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