Sunday, January 29, 2012

Kisses From Katie

Kisses from Katie is Katie Davis' story of her journey to Uganda and God's call to her to remain there and raise a family of girls as well as help thousands of young people receive an education.

This story is one I started on Friday night and finished quickly Saturday morning; it is a quick read. Katie is a likeable young woman with a positive outlook on life. As a teenager she began thinking about spending a year doing mission work somewhere. When she decided on Uganda, she never fathomed that this would become her home. But now at the age of twenty-two, Davis has adopted fourteen girls and raising them in this third world country. She has left her family in Tennessee, her boyfriend, and the plans she once had for her future. All because she feels God calling her to serve him by helping these children in Uganda.

Sprinkled with Scripture, Davis' decisions makes me think about my own life and how easy it is to get caught up in the rat race of having. I have many friends who have built beautiful homes - homes that are more than they need. My children have more clothes, books, toys than they could ever use. And yet, Davis' children have their needs met, but do not have lots of things. And they are happy. They are generous, wanting to care for others who are in need.

I loved seeing the pure joy on the faces of these children as I looked through the photos within this book. Katie never once complains about the work she does or the effort that she must put forth in order to help these people. There are valid points for why Davis has chosen this life throughout Kisses From Katie, but one that especially stuck with me:

There are moments when I think that because I have worked hard all day, I deserve to be able to sit down and eat my food instead of answering the door for one more person who needs help.

The truth is that these thoughts are not at all scriptural. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that I deserve a reward here on earth. Colossians 3:23 says, "Whatever you do work at it with all your heart...." It does end with, "since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward."

Kisses From Katie is inspiring, but it also offers an opportunity to do a little self reflection and take stock of where your priorities lie. If only the world could be filled with Katies.


Katie DeKoster said...

Tina! This is so crazy!! I just finished Kisses from Katie on Friday and have my post all set to go for later in the week! It's actually a guest post from my sister because she's the one who told me about the book. I thought this book was INCREDIBLE. I honestly have thought about it all weekend. I hope we both draw a lot more attention to Katie's story!!

Anonymous said...

I almost bought this book for my niece for Christmas, but ended up with another one. Thanks so much for reminding me about it because I want to read it myself. It really appeals to me and sounds like you were touched as well.