Caroline, Put on your big girl panties and get to work. I have an amazing life, like everything I ever wanted kind of life but still I wake up in the morning and there are beds to be made, laundry to be done, bills to be paid, dinner to be made, cleaned up…..IT NEVER ENDS! Life can be so exhausting! And that just covers the daily keeping up. I am called to do more!
One of my favorite movies is Braveheart. I think there are few people that don’t include that on their list of favorites. “They may take our lives, but they’ll never take our FREEEEDOOOM!!!” Please! How can that not inspire you?!
Madison was reading aloud the story of David and Goliath, “Mom, David was just a kid. How did he kill the giant?” It is the beauty of the story, accomplishing the impossible!
George Washington, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther….the list of inspiring people continues. I want to be on that list! And that is what Christians are called to be! We are never called to a life of comfort. Are you a follower of Jesus? He is not safe! He is not calling us to build a house, keep to ourselves, and not offend anyone! Everyone is so afraid of offending someone! Hell? Yeah, that is offensive! One way to heaven? Offensive. One God? Offensive.
“I love you too much to let you do that.” This is a phrase that my husband and I have lived by as parents. Madison wants another donut? She wants to walk around the shopping mall by herself? She wants to pet the stranger’s dog that is growling with drool foaming around his fangs? She wants to buy this and that….says something unkind…..wants to wear shorts when it is below freezing outside…the list of a seven year old. It is my job, as a parent, to tell her “no.” Sometimes she doesn’t like that. Sometimes it hurts her feelings that she can’t buy that stuffy. Sometimes she gets really mad when she can’t have another cookie. I love her too much to let her feelings override what is best for her! I could not love that little girl any more and that is why I have to do what is best for her, which is not always what she or I want to do. Application: I AM NOT AFRAID TO OFFEND SOMEONE!
Oh, the things that I do and say that offend “people of the church.” Oh! The things I do and say that offend the general population. I do not want to get into a debate. I do not care to argue. Not really my thing. However, if it is right, God calls me to it.
I do not want to be tortured like William Wallace. I want to be the David that defeated Goliath (past tense) but I do not really want to be the David walking out onto the field facing the guy that every statistic says is about to feed my body to the birds. But God told him to! God does not call us to be a bunch of comfortable wimps! Lord God, I want to serve people like Mother Teresa AND I want to offend people like Martin Luther! I want to do what is right! even if it makes me uncomfortable.
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