I had the privilege of spending a few days in Cambria this week at a Leadership Conference hosted by Growing Healthy Churches. Our featured speaker was Bob Goff, author of New York Times Best Seller, Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World. Using laughter, and with an emphasis on living a life of love, he reminded us that we have an outrageous role to play in God’s ongoing story of rescue and repair in the people around us. I am so grateful to be a part of the restoration story with you, my fellow Crosswalkers.
Here are just a few reflections I wrote in my journal from our time with him:
- It will never be about Jesus, if we keep making it about us
- God doesn’t need sheriffs, He needs ushers who will love people into relationship with Him
- Do I judge people I don’t understand because it’s easier than engaging with them to listen to their story?
- Find your own personal joy in Jesus, before even attempting to share Him with others
- How am I making the lives of others’ better?
Last Saturday, some of the women of Crosswalk gathered together for our April Showers Ladies Tea. We arrived during a small rain shower, making the morning even more special. This picture shows the abundance of donations for families in need at Real Options, and there are more gifts of diaper boxes on the floor! What a sweet morning of worship, tea & treats, and heart felt sharing with each other.
Rosemary and I just returned from 2 weeks in the Philippines, where we spent Easter week with Doorway to Hope in Samar. God put a burden on our hearts to be missionaries that live the love of Jesus, wherever He places us. It’s not easy all the time, especially when you’re learning a new culture, but God is patient and walking ahead of us. Five years later He has made possible a church plant, three children’s ministry outreaches with feeding programs, clean water projects, free health clinics, home Bible studies, and a dream to open a Bible school for Pastors. Look at the opportunities God has given to love people into relationship with Him. One thing I know for sure: God gives us the ability to love others when we obey Him.
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”
I Corinthians 13:1-3
Striving to point everything back to Jesus,