So it’s now 2013. This isn’t a blog post to reflect on 2012 or to give you a list of things I want to, but most likely won’t, accomplish in 2103.
On Dec 31, 2010 at midnight I prayed “God use me more this year than last.” Dude…..did I mean it? With all my heart. Did I have a clue how He was gonna do it? Heck no! Did He? Yes!!! Is He done yet? No.
This past New Year’s prayer was a paraphrase of Psalm 37:4 which says “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will grant you the desires of your heart.” I want the desires of my heart to be the desires of God and if what’s in my heart isn’t of God, I want Him to remove that desire. If you get the signifigance of this, please pray for me. lol
I’m currently reading Kisses from Katie and the book of James at the same time. These 2 books totally go hand and hand; I didn’t plan on reading them simultaneously it just happened. Katie, the girl giving the kisses, is from Tennessee who decided to take a risk, open up her life and follow God. To make a very long, amazing and crazy story short, she ended up moving to Uganda to teach elementary kids. She now runs a non-profit organization called Amazima Ministries, teaches and feeds hundreds of kids daily and is currently adopting 14 young girls.
The book of James is written by James, Jesus’ brother. I love the book of James. I think I love it so much because I can actually understand what it says. The majority of the New Testament is written by Paul and he’s too freaking smart for me. I read his stuff and I’m like “ummm….what??” James doesn’t do that to me. I read it and I’m like “Oh, I get it, you’re talking on my level….crap, I’m totally not doing what I should be.” To some of you, that doesn’t sound like a good reaction. Why would I want to read something that reminds me I’m failing? Well because self awareness leads to conviction and conviction leads to change.
Here are the 3 things that have slapped my face over the last two weeks. I hope they speak to you and convict you like they have me…procede with caution:
– Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. – James 1:27
– Anyone then who knows the good he ought to do, and doesn’t do it, sins. – James 4:16
– Now that I know, I am responsible. – Katie Davis, Kisses From Katie
Straight up the Bible tells us to take care of orphans. There are 146 million starving kids in the world and 2.1 billion people that claim to be Christians. With 2.1 billion Christians there is no reason for 146 millions kids to be starving or for 16 thousand to die everyday due to starvation.
I live less than a mile from an orphanage; I drive past it twice a day. There is no reason why I shouldn’t help. There is a need. I know it exists and now that I know, I am responsible. I have a meeting there this Friday to take a tour and to learn about what they do and how we can help.
This year I challenge to step outside of yourself and see how you can positively effect those around you.
Thanks for allowing me to share my world with you…welcome to my brain.