Friday, March 28, 2008

Hello Everyone! I thought that it was about time to
blog again since it's been sooooo long! Life has been going
pretty well and I'm excited about what God has in store
for this year and the years to come! Why He takes such
interest in everyone of our lives is beyond me but
I'm sure glad He does. Isn't it great that we
can be apart of His great plan to bring glory to His
name throughout the whole earth?! It's such a honor
for Him to choose and use us.

"Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength,
they shall walk and not grow weary, they shall run and not faint!"
(A loose paraphrase. I hope I didn't mix up two different verses:)

It's so much better to wait then trying to do things in our on strength!
When we wait for the Lord to show us what He
has for our lives not only can we do it, but we do it with excitement
and joy, knowing that it will count for eternity.

So wait on the Lord and see what He has in store:)

How do you like my new glasses? Carolyn this
picture is especially for you so you don't get scared when
you see me this summer:) By the way welcome to
the USA you were just in time to experience the last bit
of winter.

Levi wanted me to say hello from
him as well.
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Friday, March 14, 2008

Let Us Seperate Ourselves from this World

He died for all so that all who live-having received eternal life from him-might live no longer for themselves to please themselves, but to spend their lives pleasing Christ who died and rose again for them. So stop evaluating Christians by what the world thinks about them or by what they seem to be like on the outside. -Cor. 5:15-16

After reading this verse I was thinking about how Christians do evaluate other Christian by the world's standard aka our cultures standards and how this isn't right. I'm sure all of you who have recently graduated or are going to soon have gotten the question, "So what are you planning on doing after you graduate". The "correct" answer would be "go to college", but that's no different from a none Christian's answer. Shouldn't Christians have a totally different life view? I'm not saying that college is wrong, I think that God has different paths and areas of life for his different children, all I'm saying is that we have a different calling and a different direction in life. It's like this pic we took close to 3 years ago.

Andrew and I are standing by the Continental Divide. This is a place in the USA where a body of water flows in two different directions which is like Christians and the unsaved in life. We all start in the same place (same body of water) but once we surrender our life to Christ our life changes directions. No longer are our goals reduce to living the American Dream of a happy marriage, a good job, 2.5 kids, and our perfect house but we awaken to something worth far more. Our Savior, Jesus Christ and living our lives to bring his name glory in the nations!

I think that if we as Christian realized true living didn't depend on our worth in dollars, diplomas, or happiness but that true living, true life is being totally sold out to Jesus, then we would see things in a different light. No longer would it matter if so and so looked like a geek, or she isn't going to college? What's she going to do?, She still isn't married? Doesn't she know that she can't be truly fulfilled until she finds that special someone?, but all that would matter is that so and so is living for God. Praise God! "So stop evaluation Christians by what the world think about them or by what they seem to be like on the outside."

One more thought, what do you think people's reaction would be if Jesus answered the question, "what are you going to do when you grow up"? He definitely didn't fit into the mold of his day. His family thought he was crazy, he never got married, he had no home, He had 12 disciples one of whom betrayed him and another denied him, He died at 33 and all look to be lost, but God! God had a bigger plan in mind then what the world could see. What the world saw as a waste was the best thing that's ever happened in history. We serve a great God who made all of creation by speaking and who has the whole picture of history in mind. So, when where he is leading doesn't make sense, let us still follow knowing that He has a purpose for everything and we will look back and see his hand at work.

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