I know too much. I’ve experienced enough that I cannot just sit back and relax.
Now, I have an obligation.
With education and awareness comes a privilege to do something more. Now that I know of the hurts of the world, I will not let myself remain on the sidelines. If I looked into the eyes of the starving children in India’s slums, the 7-year old Thai girl being sold into sex slavery by her parents, or the Chinese grandmother who worships idols in temples every week, I wouldn’t be able to turn my face away. I would want to run to them, scoop them up, help meet their needs, and tell them of Our Father in Heaven who loves them deeply.
Why, though, is it so easy for me to brush away thoughts of the stories I’ve heard and the things I’ve seen? This is what can happen when I come back to my hometown, where life is easy. Why do I move about my daily life as if nothing has changed?
I know the hurts of the world. Yet, I don’t pour out my life as an offering the way Christ calls believers to do. I try, but I if I am not intentional I can easily be pulled away from that deep relationship with God. That relationship is what moves believers to be fully alive, truly being who God created them to be.
Jesus commands us to love our neighbors (Mark 12:31). He commands us to die to ourselves so that the overflow of Christ in our lives would spur us to act (Matthew 16:24-25). Jesus says to count the cost (Luke 14:25-34). Being a Christian is more than praying a prayer. It’s more than showing up for church every week.
Being a Christian is about submission. It is about giving the Lord your life and letting Him determine your path. On a practical level, this means showing up for God. It means having a relationship with Christ where you read the Bible, pray, and listen to what God is teaching you. Ultimately, on this Christian walk as God works in our hearts, we are going to become more and more like Christ.
So, what does this mean? Where am I going with all of this?
Honestly, I am not sure. I don’t know exactly what God is going to do with this in my life. What I do know is that a spark has been ignited. As my heart has been turned toward Christ, I have a clearer picture of God’s love for His people. I have better understood the way God loves me and I want to encourage other women to follow after their Creator.
Right now, I’m in a season where I am praying hard. I want to know Christ more. I am excited because I know that when I show up, I’ll meet God because He is always there. More than anything, I want to know Christ and make Him known.
That’s all I know for now.
Thanks for being with me on this beautiful journey. :)
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