1/12/17 As I am preparing workshops, I’ve been going back through notes and journal entries, older blog posts and saved websites. I came across this post from a couple of years ago, and I thought I’d bring it back to the front. I hope you are encouraged.
I’m afraid. Is it really worth the possible cost? This world is a scary place – I mean, Christians are being beheaded by Isis! Wouldn’t it be easier and safer to just live here and not really follow Jesus?
These are the words of a child, whom I dearly love. These are real concerns – not something to be brushed aside flippantly. These are scary times.
I’m in my forties – with years of God building trust in my heart and soul – and I daily have to decide to trust Him with my whole life, my whole heart. My prayer is that God show up big time, in an abundant way, as only He can and show my children that He really is worth every sacrifice.
“Are you taking PSEO classes – you know you don’t want to miss out on FREE college! What are your plans? Where are you going to go to college? What are you going to do with the rest of your life? What? You don’t know? Oh well, you can have the year after you graduate to figure it all out.” I can feel her angst – the barrage of questions stripping her of her usual mature composure.
I want to stuff a sock in the questioning mouth. Instead I wink at her and bite my tongue…besides, they’re well meaning, I remind myself.
“It’s okay, kiddo,” I send the message with my eyes. “You don’t have to know exactly what you want to do for the rest of your life right this moment. You were just 10 years old, 7 short years ago. You’ve only been legally old enough to drive for a few short months. You’re still accountable to your dad and me. You can’t even sign any kind of binding legal agreement without us signing, too. It’s okay if you’re not ready to adult full-time yet. It will come – don’t rush it.”
My notes about authenticity
- As a Christ follower, my reality isn’t limited to my own ability, strength, or intelligence.
- As a Christ follower, I have the right and the privilege of tapping into a much greater power. My reality is based on the fact that I am loved and empowered by the God of the universe and of my soul.
The fact that the school year has come to a close, achievement tests completed, final papers written, and records stored away, seems somewhat surreal to me. I keep asking myself, where does time go, and why does it have to go so quickly?