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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Makes My Eyes Water....

These were the words I heard from my son as he shared with me how on his walk home from school he shared Jesus with some friends.  These friends asked questions and he answered as best as he could.  He shared how they talked about heaven and about Jesus and how He loves us all, this was the point where I could see his eyes well up and he stopped and said 'talking about this is making my eyes water'.

At this point so were mine.  My heart swelled not only with pride but also with a deep sense of knowing that this kid will be okay in life.  See I have been hard on him about who he chooses as friends and making good choices, being sure that he wouldn't have bad influences in his life never really realizing that HE could be the influence, a good one.  At age nine he has an incredible heart for those that don't know Jesus and I actually never thought (I will admit guilt here) that he would openly share his beliefs with those kids, yet here he was standing before me eyes watering telling me how he did in fact have the boldness to do just that. 

He was visibly moved, his heart so tender, his desire so strong that these kids know the love of Jesus.  He wants so badly for them to have a relationship with the Jesus he knows, he has invited them out to church.
I am in awe of my son and his guts to step out of his comfort zone and take the risk of appearing 'uncool' to share what he believes.  I far to often fall into the trap of keeping to myself for fear of what others may think of me.

As I sat there listening to my son I was being taught a valuable lesson, God's love is to be shared with everyone and our hearts need to be sensitive to the voice of God when He is leading us to share His love with someone else, push aside the fear and step out of our comfort zone.

It still brings tears to my eyes when I think about this chat, I am so thankful that I am able to learn from people young and old.  I pray that I am always open to these lessons and then have the boldness to live it out!!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Expectation

Today as I was drinking my Tim Horton's Coffee I had an interesting revelation. For those of you that don't live in Canada, Tim Horton's is a popular brand of coffee and a hot spot for coffee lovers. Every year they have a roll up the rim promotion where you actually roll up the rim of the paper coffee cup to reveal a prize. You can win anything from a free cup or coffee to a new car.
As I was enjoying a coffee and anticipating a win at the end of my delicious cup I was reminded of Gods love. Interesting?! Yes interesting that I would think of God's love while drinking in a cup of goodness.
It wasn't so much His love but expectation of His love revealed in the day to day.
See here I was anticipating finishing this cup of coffee and rolling up the rim to find that I, in the very least, won a free cup of coffee. I got thinking about Gods goodness and His very nature and how we should be waking up each and every morning in anticipation of His love and the God that we serve revealing himself to us in an intimate and personal way.
Yet most people are content to enjoy the cup of ground goodness and forget to roll up the rim, so to speak.
God wants us to awake each and every morning in anticipation of things to come, His goodness revealed through and in our lives and at the very least his JOY and PEACE that passes all understanding.
Imagine for a moment what our lives could be like if we awoke each morning in anticipation of things to come instead of dread and weariness and being content to just finish the cup?! Let's roll up the rim to see what HE has in store for us today!!
Tomorrow and everyday there after I want to wake up with the expectation that God has GOOD things in store for me, that I can make a difference where I am at, that my life does matter!!
Anybody else with me!?!

John 10:10 A thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. But I came so that they may have life and life in abundance.