A few years ago, I read The Hole in Our Gospel by World Vision CEO Richard Stearns. My tears flowed for weeks every time I thought of the widespread suffering and pain in our world. That book tore me apart. I needed it, but it hurt. My prayers became fervent: Show me where You want me to spread the reality of Your Kingdom, Lord. Let me be Your hands, Your feet to anyone who crosses my path—and make me brave enough to take a path beyond my norm.
That was in August 2010. By October, my work took a new path to new people and a new land. I was invited to work as a freelance writer for As Our Own. (If you are new here, read this to learn about As Our Own.) To me, it felt like the Lord was answering my prayers: This is your spot. Love these girls in India. Extend My love to them and the country.
It has been my joy and privilege to spend my words for India, dedicate my time to raise funds for the work, and tell anyone who would be willing to listen about the girls I met there (how I miss them!).
India is my spot—or part of it. And after reading Stearns’s second book this week, titled Unfinished: Believing Is Only the Beginning, I long for every inch of my heart and life to be about the kingdom. As I’ve said before, I can’t do everything, but I can do something. Being on Beach Retreat gives me time to refocus and ask what my something is.
Toward the end of Unfinished, Stearns shares several examples of people who are doing their something. They are running businesses or building schools or adopting children. It reminded me that we are called to the Great Commission as the Church—together, with everyone doing their something. Just in my small circle, I see these Kingdom acts:
counseling the distraught . encouraging the addicted . sponsoring kids overseas . adopting kids and being foster parents . giving medical care to the poor . feeding the hungry . befriending the homeless . investing in teens . knit hats for needy children . visiting the imprisoned . fighting for the oppressed and enslaved . sacrificing for those in crisis . loving kids . helping family . deliver meals to the weary
But that’s not all. I know my dearest friends well enough to know they want God’s Kingdom on the inside too—they are diligent about dying to self and exalting Jesus. Compelled by His love, my friends are spending their lives for Him and His Kingdom.
They inspire me to a greater something.