I must confess something to you before we begin. I must confess that out of a heart of pride of wanting to appear grand and in charge of everything in my life, with a solid grasp on who God is and what his ways were like, well, I haven’t written in 6 months. I’ve been burying in the sand the gift that God has so graciously given me. I know he has forgiven me so onward I must press!
The last six months has been a whirlwind of grinding out hard truth. Sometimes hitting the mark by His great grace and other times missing it by a full five miles. I’m not speaking plainly, and I must apologize again. Let’s try this one more time.
I feel like writing an add on Craigslist:
Christian couple. One year married.
Pros: hearts after God and a “I couldn’t care less” attitude about anything that isn’t in the Word of God.
Cons: easily snared by the lie that life is about working to live and not living for the kingdom.
That’s it in a nutshell. We’ve spent the last six months living in a community designed to provide affordable housing for single parents who are homeless. We’ve been barbequing, baby sitting and gardening our way into the lives of those who live above and adjacent to us. We are always praying for them and always looking for ways to challenge them and lead by love because we know that the lights that shine the furthest always shine the brightest at home.
We are striving to live out the gospel loving like Jesus did and learning that it was no small thing that Jesus didn’t get any sleep and yet had constant compassion for the crowd at his door day after day. He knew that no one could get on a soap box and school his theology because he was living his out, and he was living it out perfectly. We aren’t. We look foolish most days waving at the drug dealers in our culdesac and speaking fragments of Spanish to the beautiful dark children that come and play near our apartment. We hold tightly to the verses that say that “God has chosen the weak and foolish things to shame those that are not.”
We are the weak and foolish. By all accounts. We aren’t trying to climb the ladder of success, no, we’re trying to call others to look around and see that there are no ladders in the kingdom of God. We depend on him to feed us and that is no great thing for him to do.
So, that’s a bit of a welcome back post from a couple who continues to lose their lives in the all-out pursuit of the God who made them. We’ll catch up more later: I’ve got lots and lots of stories to tell!
“Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used to them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God. God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and freed us from sin. Therefore, as the Scriptures say, ‘If you want to boast, boast only about the LORD.’” 1 Corinthians 1:26- end