Imagine you’re on a boat with some of your closest friends. You can feel the spray of the waves on your face as they crash against the side of the boat. You can feel the wind blowing through your hair. You’re thinking of the aroma of the fish that you’ll smell as you grill them later for dinner.
You go back into shore and dock and as you’re getting off of the boat, this bearded man you’ve never seen before tells you to put everything down and go on a trip with him. A trip which he promises will change your life forever.
This is how Jesus asked the disciples to join him. This is how the simple statement “follow me” incited the greatest story in the history of the world. Our story of redemption. This change was exciting for the disciples. It provided them with purpose. It provided them with a way to make a difference. It provided them with a community. It was also very, very scary. Jesus asked them to leave their families, their possessions, everything they knew. Jesus asked them to change everything about their stories.
I have lived out many stories in my life. Some were exciting, ones that – had they been written down – would have had the reader hanging on every word. Those were the stories where I was intentional about living for others, about loving others well. Other stories that I have lived have been of a more selfish nature. Stories that were all about me, unconcerned with what others needed or wanted.
Each and every day, we have the opportunity to choose to live for others. That’s what God calls us to. That’s what love is. Love is a decision. Love is a commitment, even when faced with inconveniences and differences; a commitment enables us to love regardless.
“Believing in God is as much like falling in love as it is making a decision. Love is both something that happens to you and something you decide upon.” – Donald Miller
I am so blessed to have a job that I love. My job description is to pour the love of Christ into the lives and stories of others. I have the opportunity to go on adventures, both near (Camp Allen) and far (Costa Rica). The opportunities I am given to serve others teaches me how to live a better story… one that makes a difference. We are called to live important lives, lives that impact others, lives that change the world.
“…life cannot be understood flat on a page. It has to be lived; a person has to get out of his head, has to fall in love, has to memorize poems, has to jump off bridges into rivers, has to stand in an empty desert and whisper sonnets under his breath… We get one story, you and I, and one story alone. God has established the elements, the setting and the climax and resolution. It would be a crime not to venture out, wouldn’t it?” -Donald Miller
We are never alone. We need to live in a way that responds to how we are loved by the Creator of all things, and write a story with our days worthy of our Him. Amen.
Kim Thompson, Director of Ministries