Friday, June 14, 2013

And When You Run You Will Not Stumble

How can a day be filled with so much meaning? How can a soul overflow? How can my heart contain what my eyes cannot see? Surely my soul is strained to exist in this moment.

I am tempered with the knowledge that more walls will stand in our way. I am aware of the cost of building this tower... but I chose the narrow way, and my strength is supplied from a source greater than I can contain. Walls just show us that He is with us.

Today is a wonderful day. I sit in reflection with a now empty cup of coffee, among people with whom I have now pledged my life in mission to fulfill the commission of my savior. 

I am still learning the full implications of "all-in", and each step of understanding is a powerful confirmation that indeed we are exactly where we are chosen to be.

Today is my mother's birthday. It has been difficult for me, knowing that I would be away on her special day. It was also a joy to gather my family around the MacBook Pro and Skype her our rendition of Happy Birthday. A beautiful moment. 

Today is also Flag Day. I re-read the National Anthem today and I paused and reflected on the fourth and final verse. 

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

I am struck today by a sense of legacy... of accountability even. We find ourselves at a time in history where we have much, and there is even more that we can do. My mom spoke to me of my grandparents and their reaction to hearing the podcast of my final sermon (6/2/13) at Journey Church Cincinnati.

I find myself considering the influence of how we live our lives and how it plots the course of generations.

Kellie and I came to Guatemala with this idea of Generational Change engraved across our broken hearts. After a mere 3 days, our mission and vision are becoming clearer. Over the last 3 days I have seen with my physical eyes, and I have also seen what is to come. I have no doubt. I know why we are here. 

Our eyes are looking straight ahead. We have deeply pondered the steps on this path. Our feet are made ready to run.

Tomorrow we make our first solo road-trip to Antigua, also our inaugural trip in the Hyundai Terracan that so many of you helped us acquire (huge thanks to Adam Agin) & Journey Church! We are eager to begin our 4 week language immersion experience. ¡Estudiamos español!

When we return back to the grounds at Catalyst Resources International in early July, we will be working with short term mission groups, and working hand in hand with families that make up this team of missionaries that we have joined. 

We are eager to begin these steps of living a life of pure & undefiled religion of reaching out to abandoned babies and widows. It is incredibly affirming and powerful that this seems to be the deep hearts cry with all of us gathered here.

In the meantime... I hope that you can find the meaning that is just below the noisy surface in your own life. It is there if we seek it. 

Look for evidence of God in you life. Pray that your eyes are opened to see what He sees. Pray it with sincerity. 

And pray knowing that your life is bigger than just you. You will shape generations. The only question is... how?

Are you ready to run?

Proverbs 4
Psalms 112
James 1:22-27
Philippians 3:12

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