Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Meet Sarah!

Meet Sarah.
She is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
She speaks French, English and 3 other African languages.
And she is an amazing woman!
Chase and I, his family and our friends were incredibly blessed to have her spend 2 weeks with us in Montgomery! If you know Chase well you probably aren't surprised he knows someone from a world away...but if you don't here's the story: Sarah met Chase when he was living in the Congo a few years ago working with Hope International. At the time, Sarah spoke no english and Chase struggled with his french, but the two forged a friendship that would transcend continents and time. When Chase discovered Sarah would be visiting the States to be a part of the U.N. Conference for Women in Africa he jumped at the chance to bring her down to experience the South and another part of "good ol' Amer-a-cuh."

We tried our best to give her the best experience we could...and I'm certain we were successful! We took her to a baseball game, celebrated St. Patricks Day, went to the beach, introduced her to Chick fil A (as well as many other "american" foods") and spent time talking and learning about each other. I also spent a lot of time listening to Chase and Sarah talk in French...and even though I took 3 years I couldn't understand that much!

I learned a few important things from Sarah. I learned that simplicity is a joy to live in and Jesus is our treasure. She talked about Jesus in a way that made you see and feel his light, love and peace. Her stories of answered prayer and ruthless trust in God encouraged me in ways she does not even know.

We shared some special moments with her praying, listening and talking. Unlike so many others, Sarah wishes to stay in the Congo for now. She is educated, considered wealthy among her friends (the Congo has a 99 percent poverty rate which means almost everyone lives on less than $2 a day) and is blessed with brains as well. With these things in mind, it would make perfect sense for her to come to America, but for now she wishes to stay and make a difference among her own people. In the trenches. Being light. Being a part of the restoration of a broken, broken place. It's amazing to think that when the Kingdom Come comes, we will see the things done with eternity and Jesus in mind by people like Sarah not be shaken...but shine.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

a new perspective.

"I judge all things only by the price they shall gain in eternity."
-John Wesley

I don't have this mindset.
But I want to.

But if I did...

What things would I say "No" to spending my mindless time doing or investing in? Regardless of what recognition or (temporary) satisfaction it may bring?
What things would I say "Yes" to...despite there appearance or there desirability compared to "other things"?

I think we MUST consider these things.
Because in the end...
it's all that matters.

Why do you do what you do?

"The sole purpose of life is to invest in something that will outlast it."
-Someone Wise
(i saw this on a card and can't remember who said it!)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

the fundamental question.

I am reading through the Bible for the first time this year. As I've read I've come to a startling realization:

I've made the Bible about me.

I realize...even in the Old Testament that the Bible is about Jesus. It's about him reconciling us to himself and inviting us to share in his life. It's not about how to make my life less stressful in 5 easy steps or how to slay my giants. It's about Jesus. I must ask...

How have we missed it?

I saw the video below a few weeks ago and it confirmed my realization. Since I've realized that everything in prophets and even in good ol' Leviticus is pointing to Jesus it makes it easier to read and I've been getting excited about the "hero" that gonna have to come...because these people (including myself) are in trouble!

Watch it for yourself here