The fall 2012 semester flew by and I am now just taking some time to reflect. I love attending conferences and Compelling is InterVarsity's statewide student conference which is held each November. Student leaders, luke-warm follwers of Jesus and unbelievers attend - all of whom encounter Jesus and come away challenged, changed and looking to take a next step of faith in following him. As staff members we too encounter Jesus, although we also have a lot of work to do and can become tired. This is where I am and have been off and on the last couple months. I love to see students lives transformed, but in the process my life and my families lives often come short of the fulfillment and peace that Jesus desires for us too.
I am learning the importance of "Sabbath." Resting in the Lord in the midst of high demands, great needs and an ever increasing task list of good things to do for the kingdom of God. It is where we are caught by the desire to meet needs, real needs of those around us and who need practical help and spiritual healing. But all of this comes from God, not from our own ability, talent, compassion or even spiritual power. Relationships need time. Our relationship with others can only succeed as our relationship with God continues and is nurtured and made a priority on a daily basis. I hope this is what my students learn from me. However, I cannot just tell them, I have to show them by the way I live. So pray with me to rest in the Lord, so that this generation of students will learn to do the same.
I'm struck by the lessons I learn from my 20 month old, Kysa. Even though she is so young, I see her immitating Laina and me. One day I was eating dinner and then I noticed Kysa watching me intently and copying each motion I made. I lifted my cup, she did the same. I brought my fork to my mouth, she did too. I laughed and she did too. What I do says so much more than what I could say to her. Her vocabulary is small, yet she learns so much from my actions. Lord help us, so that she will learn to walk in the way of the Almighty God. I watch the Lord and follow after Him. Kysa watches me and Laina and follows after us. It is our hope and prayer that she will follow after the Lord too.
Follow Christ always.
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