Poverty has many faces. Since i’ve been at Jefferson Street Baptist Center i’ve seen a lot of these faces, but not even close to the increasing number of homeless faces there are in America, or even the world. I’ve taken so much of my life for granted and there is no excuse for it. What brought me to come here? The only answer is: The Spirit of God. I know that I still have so much to learn as I build a more intimate relationship with my Creator. I came to Louisville because I wanted to be involved in a change in the homeless here. Little did I know that I would see more change in myself instead.
How do I find out what God’s plan is for my life? Am I supposed to be a teacher? Am I supposed to be something else? Jesus told me this: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. And love your neighbor as yourself. Then BAM! it didn’t matter what I had planned for my distant future or even my near future. I’m here to live each day growing closer to the Lord God; to love Him with all my heart, all my soul and all my mind. Being here in Louisville and living in community; I’m learning how to love my neighbors too.
I’ve realized that I’m not just an outsider coming into Louisville to make my mark, change some lives, and leave. No, I’m here to be God’s light. I’m here to become an insider. I’m here to love, because God first loved me. I’m here because I have faith that God will work and is working in this city. Jesus reached out the poor and needy… so why shouldn’t we do the same?
While I was working this morning at Jeff Street, I walked into the hallway and saw a gush of water just flowing on the floor in the basement of the day shelter. I knew it was raining, but I didn’t know it was raining that bad. The water was shooting up from the drain by the water fountain. Then as if that wasn’t enough; it was gushing down the main hallway by the main office like a river. It wasn’t no time until the entire staff and then some residents were running around trying to plug up doors with towels to keep the water from flowing in other doorways. Even reacting that fast, there was still about two inches of water on the floor.
As we were rushing around trying to clean up the water, I couldn’t help but see a homeless man sleeping leaned over on a fold-up chair in the hallway. We woke him up and told him it was flooding. He seemed a little suprised at first, but then he raised his feet up to the bar of the chair and fell back a sleep. This shocked me, when I first saw it flooding I was wide awake and was trying my best to stay out of it while trying to clean it up. I’ve never seen a flood this bad (and I was told that this one really wasn’t that bad). What really made me think was seeing that man and how the flood didn’t affect him.
Sometimes God trys to wake us up from our sleep. I’m not talking about the sleep we get everynight, but our spiritual sleep. As Christians it’s really easy to become comfortable in where you stand in your busy week. The world is constantly going and there’s really not enough time in the day to get everything done that you need to. It’s easy to become distracted from God’s plan. It’s easy to fall asleep in your spiritual walk.
“Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost.” – 1 Corinthians 15:15
When you become too busy in your daily schedule and you feel like you’ve lost what God has planned for you, just stop and listen. He is calling you back; don’t allow yourself to fall asleep in Christ. Also, if He trys to wake you, don’t ignore Him: for His plans are much greater than our own.
It’s hard to believe we’re already halfway through June. I’ve been living in Louisville for almost a month now and my heart has really been opened to this city and the ministry happening here. There’s been big decisions and small decisions we’ve all had to choose from, whether it’s: “Should I go hang out on the town, or get some rest”, “Should I commit to working VBS, or to organizing a yard sale?”, or “Should I go talk to this person, or should I continue working?” and many many more.
Life is full of decisions and some are easier to decide than others. As we get older, we realize that not all decisions can be broken down into right and wrong, black or white. We realize that when deciding the best way to handle a situation, you might have to choose between two undesirable consequences. Many of us find ourselves juggling activities and in situations where we have to choose between competing commitments. This has been the case for as long as people have been making decisions: Abraham had to choose between disobeying God and sacrificing his son Isaac ( Genesis 22:1-14). David, after upsetting God by taking a census, had to select one of three punishments for the people of Israel ( 2 Samuel 24:10-17).
Being faithful to God and being a follower of Jesus doesn’t mean you will be excluded from having tough times. In fact, Christians are told to take the narrow road because it leads to life, but the wide road leads to death and destruction. The best part about this is: when tough situations arise, we can turn to God for guidence and wisdom. We live in a sinful world, we will face harsh situations and will have to deal with many consequences. Through all of this though; we must strive to stay faithful to God and treat others with love and compassion.
This blog is basically just ask that everyone will have a blessed Christmas! and not to forget the real meaning of it. If God had not volunterily came down to earth from his thrown and become a man and died for our sins, we would have no reason to celebrate Christmas. Christmas isn't about waking up to snow on the ground, getting a bunch of goodies and such... It's about sharing the joy that Jesus has given us with our families and friends! I hope everyone has a very safe and blessed Christmas!! Happy Birthday, Jesus! Thank you for being my best friend and thank you for washing away our sins. Merry Christmas everyone! <3
I'm finally home from college for Christmas break.
It's been a wierd semester i must say. Leadership team kind of fell apart, which is sad, but i know God has a bigger plan for us. I just pray that we can reach more college student lives next semester. I've joined this bible study that started at the beginning of the year called "Sola Gratia" (In God Alone). It's been pretty amazing, and i've come closer with God and other students through it. Maybe next semester we can get more to attend, I pray that God gives us the courage to go out and tell others about it. Word of the mouth does so much better than hanging up signs.
So i'm home now... and i gotta say, last night was pretty great! I want to thank God for it all too. Without him, the conversation that took place between my 13 year old sister and i for 3 hours would be useless. My sister was already saved and baptized. The girl probably knows more stories of the bible than i do. But being a 13 year old girl in a public school... you tend to want to live the way all your friends are. She was not standing in a very good relationship with God. I don't come home enough to have bible studies with her like i promised, but last night, we talked alot. I helped her realize that she didn't have to follow the patterns of the world like all her friends are doing. We talked and talked and talked and well, God and I helped her back on the right path... I give God all this Glory though. He placed the right things to say to her in my mouth so that she could understand. This really tickled my heart...
She was reading scripture to me, as i gave her verses to read that i knew would touch her heart. I could tell she was struggling trying to read her bible, because it was a New King James Version... being 19 and in college, even i have problems with this version sometimes. Today, i went to the store to buy her a backpack bible so she could take it anywhere she goes. It's a New International Version (like my backpack bible, but a different cover.) She's in her room reading it right now... i peaked through the crack of her door and there she was, in deep concentration. this made me smile a lot. We're going to have another bible study tonight. I can't wait! God is amazing, and to see the joy of kids when they know Jesus as their personal savior is just a huge blessing.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas Holiday! and don't forget the true meaning of Christmas! God Bless everyone!