I'm quick to see problems in the world around me. I hear statistics about people dying from preventable diseases, those that don't have access to clean water, and those that have never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Too often though, I think about the problem, say a quick prayer, and move on with my life. MY LIFE. You know, the one that is the most important thing in the universe. HA!
Then the Lord gives me gentle reminders in his Word. The "ouch" verses that the Holy Spirit uses to convict, and to spur me towards good works in faith. Things like...
Matthew 25:45 - "Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me."
Matthew 10:39 - "Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it."
This video that was sent to me a few months back was another (not so gentle) reminder that not all statistics are numbers. Some statistics in life are human souls, created in the image of an Almighty God, and it's about time that we (myself included) stop hiding behind our long list of excuses and do something about it! Time to change some statistics!
The highlight of today was definitely lunch at Taco Joint with the one and only Rachel Leos. Jordan and I meet Rachel and her husband last June when we hosted a membership table for our church's membership class. Little did we know that a deep friendship rooted in our love for the Gospel, monkey bread, and triathlons would begin that day.
The Leos, known by Charlie as "Uncle Jesse & Aunt Rachel", are the type of friends that you can count on for just about anything! They will take you to the airport monthly (or bi-monthly in our case), jump your car off when you are 9 months pregnant and it's 30 degrees outside, take awesome pictures of your family, and just...be there! They are genuine, creative, loyal, humble, and the best friends we could ever ask for.
A picture of your favorite book (other than the Bible)
Every good Christian girl grew up reading three things.
1. The Teen Study Bible - you know, the one that had a page on s-e-x in Joshua somewhere that we were all too embarrassed to look at during G.A.s
2. I Kissed Dating Goodbye - Because no good Christian would ever date. That's a sin!
3. The Christy Miller Series by Robin Jones Gunn
I have never read a page of Harry Potter or Twilight (sue me), but I have read every single page of the Christy Miller Series MULTIPLE times. I don't recall the first day I met Christy and Todd, but I do remember anxiously searching the bookshelves of Jay's Christian Bookstore every time I was in there, hoping the latest book was in and ready for me to read in one sitting.
Apparently I was just as delusional as other Christian teens, about the reality of their existence., knowing my Todd was out there somewhere. It makes me wonder how influential these books really were in shaping my expectations for relationships and forming my theology. Did they do more harm than good? It's been over a decade (woah! old people measure time in decades!) since I last read a Christy Miller book, so I might just have to read them on our flights to and from Uganda next month, and judge for myself. I'll let you know how it goes....
A picture of something you wish you were better at doing
I'm good at baking. I just follow the directions and I get a yummy dessert or pastry!
I'm not good at cooking. I just follow the directions and get a big 'ol mess!
I have a couple of fool-proof recipes down pat but I'm getting pretty bored and need something new and exciting! What are your easy, go to recipes that I won't throw in the trash after attempting to make? HELP!