As I am reading this book, or should I say inhaling this book, (I have not out it down except to go to work tonight) there are so many things just running through my head. I do not think that I have ever been nearly this talkative with anyone about my thoughts about this book and the idea and convictions I have moving to Denver in three weeks. I have lived a life of keep to myself and just do what I do to get by over the last year. I hate to admit, but I am being honest. My relationship with God has kind of bottomed out. My relationship with my hubby has felt the effects of it. (Yes, even as a newlywed. :P) I know that my relationship with him and my relationship with others would become that much better if I were to actually be the kind of Christian that I am supposed to be.
I have always had a heart for serving people. I guess that comes from me being a woman but that also comes from the burden God has placed on my heart for those less fortunate than I am. I always wanted to go on as many missions trips as I could and I always wanted to help where I could. I have not been actively pursuing such services lately and it is breaking my heart while I am reading this book. I waste so much and consume so much as an American Christian when my brothers and sisters around the world have so little.
I love what Jen said in Month three which if I remember correctly was possessions, “When you’re desperate, usually the best news you can receive is food, water, shelter. These provisions communicate God’s presence infinitely more than a tract or Christian performance in the local park. They convey, ‘God loves you so dearly, He sent people to your rescue.’ I guess that’s why ‘love people’ is the second command next to ‘love God.’ And since God’s reputation is hopelessly linked to His followers’ behavior, I suspect He wouldn’t be stuck with His current rap if we spent our time loving others and stocking their cabinets.” Dude, if I can be honest, we suck at that.
We have a ministry at our church where we have a food pantry for the less fortunate in our area. It is such a great ministry and a lot of these people regularly come through and we get to not only meet their physical needs but we get to build relationships with them and share the love of Jesus with them. I love this ministry but I wish that the church would get just as excited to help them as well! Not just the church I attend but also the church around the country. We need to stop sitting on our nice squishy couches and help those who do not have couches or homes for that matter. We are all God’s children and we need to not hold on so tightly to our luxuries (and as American’s we all have luxuries as much as we hate to admit it.) and let God use them because they are His to begin with.
That is something that I want to not only challenge myself with but also you who are reading this. No matter where you are in your life, let God use you and your junk (her phrase, not mine) for His purposes and His glory. I told I could just keep going and going. I have kept my hubby up two nights in a row now talking about my challenges and desires from reading this book. When we move, I really want to use my home (as I said before) as a place for people, any people, to crash if they need a place to stay. It is His house. He will give us the money to have said home and I want to use that home to be the temporary home for His people. I meant that is what we are called to do right? Love His people? I want to figure out my role in putting hands and feet to the Gospel instead of just going to church and talking about it.
Anyway, I will most likely have more tomorrow. I should stop for the night before I bore you all to tears if you have kept reading thus far. If you have any thoughts, questions or what have you, please feel free to talk to me!