Saturday, April 23, 2011

we were meant to shine not just survive

inspiration: "This Life" by MercyMe + Radical by David Platt

i'm re-reading Radical right now (which is good because it's an awesome book, but also sad because i have a stack of 7 -- literally 7 -- books on my bookshelf that are just screaming "Read ME!). i read it before i went to Costa Rica back in January and it is amazing. it challenged me beyond measure and realllllly pumped me up about going out into the world and being a light for Christ.

there are very few days that go by when i don't wish i was back in Costa Rica, serving with Jason and Kerby. i believe the Abraham Project is doing amazing things for the Kingdom. it was a humbling experience to be able to be a part of that for a week. and i can't wait to go back!

but i can't just live for those days or weeks when i have a chance to go abroad to share Christ. i have to live EVERY DAY as a chance to share Christ.
i was "meant to shine, not just survive" (This Life, MercyMe).

...but not to shine for me: shine for Christ.

"While the goal of the American dream is to make much of us, the goal of the gospel is to make much of God." -Radical, 46-47

i'm being challenged and convicted more and more every day about what that looks like for me.
loving others when i don't want to.
serving others when i don't feel like it.
investing in others when it may make me feel uncomfortable.
stepping out in faith when it may look crazy.

i'm not much for being taken out of my comfort zone, but i'm slowly learning that it's only when i take risks for the sake of Christ that i am richly rewarded in ways i couldn't imagine! i'm praying for another chance to go to Costa Rica - perhaps on my own time if there isn't another trip being planned - whatever and whenever the timing is right to go back, i know God will orchestrate it :)

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