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I’ve yet to get through a day here in Destin without getting choked up, breath taken, or awestruck with gratitude. I feel so blessed to get to be down here for this summer, and such gratitude frequently demands my attention.

It’s no secret that I love words. I majored in English, this is what we do. Anyone who knows anything about me could tell you that I love to talk… probably talk too much. I love to write letters. I love to receive letters. I love good literature, articles, songs and everything of the like. Basically, if something has words– of quality– I’m probably going to be amused with it at minimum, and otherwise obsessed.

This love of mine makes my current state frustrating. It is very, very rare that there isn’t a least one word to sufficiently describe something. In fact, I can think of maybe 2 other instances where I have been truly at loss for words. But that is exactly where I find myself regarding this summer.

Words cheapen my gratitude to God…

for every in and out of the past 2 years of my life, for His sovereign and mighty hand, for His relentless pursuit, for His wild provisions, for His divine authorship and orchestration of my life, and for some how, some way getting me to Destin this summer…for not giving me over,

{Words simply cheapen my gratitude.}

And this not to mention His gospel or His word. There are no words. I becoming more and more ‘okay’ with that, too.

Here Lately,

Soup Campbell and his wife Linda came to Destin and spoke to the Arkansas and Oklahoma projects this past week. Soup started by reminding the group that we can never exhaust God’s word, and we can never hear something too many times. Amen, brother Soup. I was refreshed to rehear the following:

1. The great commission is a command. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

  • That is a command to me. And you, too!
  • That means that If I am not making disciples of all nations, I am disobeying God’s command.
  • To disobey God’s commands is to sin.
  •  Let me say it again: I am actively choosing to sin against the most high God by my passivity and lack of initiative to make disciples who will make disciples, who will make disciples… of all nations.
I have heard it several times before, but it hit me this week just as hard as it did the first time. I am loving the opportunity to get to do this in Destin this summer. And I’m eager to get to Austin and get to work.
2. Live like the word of God is true
Sounds simple enough. I have been sobered with the realization that I don’t do this well at all. Cue Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now life in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
  • I no longer live
  • Christ now lives in me
  • The new life is by faith
  • Faith is believing God: 1. is who he says he is  2. did what the bible said he did  3. is able to do what he says he can do.

I’m still stuck on the ‘I no longer live‘ part. I can say that all day long, but do I really, truly mean that? Does my lifestyle– day in and day out, every single choice– testify to that? Hello, challenging.

Ms. Linda, who Soup refers to as his ‘brown sugar‘, had all the lady leadership tear out a piece of paper and write down our goals/desires for the next 5 years. Once we got those down we went around the room and read them aloud. Everyone had great things listed like getting married, having kids, graduating college, getting a job, making disciples, loving God etc.

Once we read them aloud she told us to rip up our papers into scraps. Then she told us to take out a clean sheet of paper and sign our name at the bottom. So, there I was just holdin’ my little clean scrap of paper, blank with the exception of my signature at the end of the page and the date at the top. She then told the group that if we are in Christ, we have already signed our life away to God, and He will fill in the blank as we go. 

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How bout that? I’ve already signed the joker over. I love this tangible little reminder. I can’t quit thinking about it!

So, Here are the questions I’m chewing on this week:

–Can you really say that you have been crucified with Christ, and that you no longer live, but that Christ now lives in you?

–Are you actively choosing to disobey any of God’s commands by passively approaching (if that, even) them?

Well, I am framing my little signed slip of paper this weekend to remind me, perhaps more than anything else, to keep laughing.

So, here’s to laughin’…

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