Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Put aside the context for the moment, and just think about what is conveyed in this sentence. Don’t try to think about prophecy, doctrine, principles, just let the emotion of the phrase roll over you.
I believe, with all my heart, that this phrase represents God’s heart towards us.
He is thinking good thoughts. Thoughts of peace, and not evil. When He thinks of us, He’s not like Santa with his list of who’s naughty and who’s nice. Nope. He only has one list. The list of who He loves, and everyone, absolutely every single last one of us, is on that list.
When we started the orphan care project, (the word project so does not do justice to what we do, life describes it so much better. It is our life and not just our project.) this phrase from the book of Jeremiah captured our intent or purpose more than anything else.
We want to provide or at least facilitate a hope in the future for our kids, who otherwise had no hope even in the present let alone tomorrow.
We see this as simply doing what our Father does. That is loving everyone, even those who have no apparent value.