This is the Life

There are some days when it hits me.  This is what life is about.

I was sitting on a street curb talking with my partner and someone we were meeting with.  We had met her a few weeks ago, but had not been able to meet with her a second time until today.  She came with lots of questions about why anyone would drop their entire lives to move to another country and be a missionary.  I was asked some questions today that I had never been asked before, but when we began to share our testimonies with her, God began the great work that He always does.  I was left amazed for the fourth time at this point today.

I pondered in my mind:  how many times in the past did I have the opportunity to share Christ with others?  How many opportunities did I miss because it just wasn’t a part of who I was to always be talking about it?  I lived my life as a nominal Christian who thought she was living radically.  However, there was a part of me that was terrified of hearing questions that I didn’t know the answer to.  So I avoided the topic, and as a result avoided the blessing that came with watching the Spirit of God radically change the heart of someone else.  I missed out on seeing how my story could help change the story of someone else.  I was missing out on watching God’s incredible love gently draw someone in. How many opportunities did I miss to see someone fall in love with Jesus for the first time?

Yesterday my friend and I spent some time talking about God’s redemption plan and how He truly has the power to heal every hurt and redeem every moment.  Today I had the opportunity to share with this girl how God saved my life so many years ago.  I had a plan to kill myself, and I had the self hatred to do it.  However, God had a different plan for my life.  I was able to tell her that I give thanks to God every day that I am still alive.  Today I can see the sun and enjoy the air I breathe.  I have hope and a reason to live.  Because God has so transformed my life, it is the utmost honor and privilege to give everything I am to Him.  I owe Him my life, but I don’t give it to God out of obligation.  I freely give it to Him out of love.  I pray every day that I would have the strength and joy to obey whatever it is that He would ask of me.

This is the life.  I can never go back to the way I lived before.  I am enraptured by the way God moves, and I just want to keep watching Him transform lives.  If all that is required is me taking a step of courage in sharing with someone about God’s truth, then I will do it…because I don’t want to miss out.  And I don’t want anyone else to miss out on this incredible love that has so touched my life and that I know can touch theirs too.  This is the life…the best life possible:  living in the center of God’s will and bringing others there too.  I wouldn’t want it any other way.


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