Finally, a new blog update and a chance to breathe. The last 4 weeks have been hectic with my bro, sis-in-law and cousin coming to DC. Pile that on top of work and other commitments, and you have one incredibly exhausted Amy. I still haven’t learned the art of saying “no,” but I was too excited to have visitors that tiredness didn’t matter.
I was ecstatic to have a chance to be still and took advantage of the opportunity this weekend. It seemed like the perfect time to take a Saturday morning and fill it with a latte, a great book, and my journal. Here is part of the result:
First, I finally finished Crazy Love. Oh my gosh, folks. If you want to read a convicting book about what it truly means to change the world, read this. Francis Chan asks the simple, yet complex, question: What would it look like if we actually did love others as Christ called us to? What if we took God at His Word, let His Word guide our lives, and simply do what it says? What would happen if we were so captivated by God’s love for us that we acted upon it in radical ways? It was an eye-opener for me – I would treat people with so much more respect and much less judgment. I would sacrifice more.
It’s a lot to think about, even though it seems like it could be so simple. I’m faced with people who are incredibly disillusioned by Christianity all the time. Either it was a friend who was a Christian that hurt them or a pastor or minister who rubbed them the wrong way. Maybe it was a really difficult personal situation, and no one was there to walk with them through the darkness. Whatever the situation, there seems to be this great disconnect between our actions and what we ought to do. I’m as guilty as the next person – I’m human and I’ve hurt others deeply. If there is a disconnect and people feel there is a miscommunication between what God says and what we do, there’s a problem. At the end of the day, it is all about continually seeking God, pursuing a relationship with Him, and loving others as He loves us – and that love will automatically be what the world needs to see to signify what God is truly all about.
The second part of the morning was a bit of rediscovery…and since I’ve rambled on and on, it will have to come in the next post 🙂