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Thursday, May 16, 2013
You can step out, too
Maybe you think those things because we were crazy enough to step out of the boat; to look at Christ's face and to follow with childlike (crazy?) faith. But please don't think that's something for just a few select people. We are all called to love with a crazy love, to follow a Gospel without holes, and to be radical in our faith. (Click on each link to find the book that gave me the kick in the pants that I needed, at just the right time in my walk with God)
If you want to be amazed, if you want to see a hero, if you want to see faith without fear, then look to Jesus. It is His example that led us to where we are today. Mother Teresa put it so well,
"Stay where you are. Find your own Calcutta. Find the sick, the suffering, and the lonely right there where you are - in your own homes and in your own families, in your workplaces and in your schools. You can find Calcutta all over the world, if you have the eyes to see. Everywhere, wherever you go, you find people who are unwanted, unloved, uncared for, just rejected by society - completely forgotten, completely left alone."
It has nothing to do with John and Cindy but everything to do with Jesus' commands like this one in Matthew 25:31-40
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
So please don't put me on a pedestal. I am the same as you. The only difference may be that you haven't taken that first step out of the boat yet. You can. If you want to, you will. Let it be your daily prayer, "God, where is my Calcutta? To whom do you want me to show love today? I want to step out of the boat with you. Where shall we go?" He will show you. You will know. He will take your passions, your gifts, and the things in life that bring righteous anger, and you will know that THIS is your Calcutta.
And you, too, will find joy in the journey, despite the circumstances that are bound to come, because there is joy in taking our eyes off ourselves and keeping them on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. As I often have to remind my younger children, It's not about you. Okay, my older children, too. Yes, myself, too.
"When you take that first step
Into the unknown
You know that he won't let you go
So what are you waiting for?
What do you have to lose?
Your insecurities try to alter you
You know you're made for more
So don't be afraid to move
Your faith is all it takes and you can
Walk on the water too"
-Walk on the Water by Britt Nicole
It is my prayer that someday, Victor will step out of his own boat, drawing on his testimony of healing and miracles, and that he will find his Calcutta. This is my prayer for each of my children. And for each of you. I do not pray that life will be easy, only that you keep your eyes on Jesus and love the least of these. It is my prayer that you will be uncomfortable so that others may be comfortable.
Victor is improving at a snail's pace each day. We'll take it. Praise God!
In honor of National Kangaroo Care day yesterday, Victor is now allowed skin-to-skin twice a day. Actually I think it had more to do with his progress than the celebration but it sounds like a great reason to go out and get some ice cream, don't you think? Speaking of ice cream, I've had to change my routine. Since nothing is open on Sundays around here, I am changing my ice cream days from Wednesday and Sunday to Monday and Friday. I'm giving you a warning since control freaks such as myself don't handle change very well. This could be bad. And since the fam sent me Cold Stone gift cards for Mother's Day, well, I just have to use them.
Pray that he gains weight. They have added more calories to his feeds to help bulk him up.