One of my prayers lately is that God would make me more like Him by giving me His heart, His eyes, and His thoughts. My eyes get opened to something, and then I wonder how much else I don’t see? My heart gets awakened to something, and then I wonder how many other things I’m closed off to?

For example, after we knew we would be adopting from Ethiopia, we have encountered countless people of Ethiopian heritage. They are everywhere! And they always have been… it’s just that now my eyes have been opened.

Or take adoption, in general. I am astounded at how many adoption stories, orphan stories, etc. we have encountered in the past year. From movies, to news stories, to books, to colleagues, to random coffeehouse interactions, to Angelina Jolie — the cause of the orphaned is highlighted everywhere! And yet only recently has my heart been truly opened to their plight.

These lyrics to this Brandon Heath song really capture the essence of my prayer right now:

Give me your eyes for just one second
Give me your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me your love for humanity
Give me your arms for the broken hearted
Ones that are far beyond my reach
Give me your heart for the ones forgotten
Give me your eyes so I can see

I’ve Been there a million times
A couple of million eyes
Just moving past me by
I swear I never thought that I was wrong
Well I want a second glance
So give me a second chance
To see the way you see the people all along