I watched this great video blog by Steven Furtick on Youtube that was titled “you are not Francis Chan”. HA! I had to watch it because I thought it was a hilarious title. And it made me laugh because the other day I said I was afraid to read the book “Seven” because I was afraid of falling short. My friends being the great friends they are, they reminded me that it was not necessarily my walk but something I could learn from.
I have to tell you, if I’m completely honest, I want to be Beth Moore when I grow up. HAHA! I mean, I don’t honestly think that is my walk, I mean if I was supposed to be like Beth Moore, God would have made me Beth Moore, but He didn’t, He made me Margie Maierle. Margie Maierle doesn’t always seem so great to me. I mean, sure, I can make some of the best mostacolli you’ll ever eat in your life, and somehow I can turn 2 cans of green beans, and a pound of ground turkey (my version of the story of the fish sandwich in the bible) into enough yummy goodness that feeds 100s.
I’ve been reading a lot of books that have been blowing my mind. Things that I’m reading that shows me what it really looks like to love. Maybe it’s a meal, maybe it’s a graduation party, maybe it’s stupid gift cards, maybe it’s a hug, a smile, I don’t know much, but I know that Margie Maierle was put on this earth to love. I know that without a doubt.
I don’t expect anyone to be like me, quite frankly, I don’t know why anyone would want to, LOL. I think so many times I compare others stories and think I fall so short, but really, I don’t know ALL their stories, because most people don’t tell others about their mess, until after God has cleaned it up.
I am training for the triatholon in August and I’m nervous, and my foot already hurt after running (the stress fracture foot – but I’m not going to the doctor so don’t tell me to). And I as much as I’d like to run a marathon or even just the half, I think that 5k is what I am going to focus on. I will be faithful in the small run of the 5K, I want to get a good time (for me) and complete the triatholan (that is my goal, just to finish – no point in putting extra pressure on myself).
I’m just trying to do the best I can every day and if I learn tips as I go, about what works for me (and what I fail miserably at) I’ll share them so that they may benefit others. I am thankful for people like Jen Hatmaker, Beth Moore, Francis Chan, Shane Claiborne and The Dorbands, who teach and inspire me to love Jesus more and more every day. I am thankful for them!
Eph 2:10 For you are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Romans 12:1-13 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.