Over the last few years I’ve had some pretty radical, life transforming situations bring me to heel. As a Christ follower, I wrestled with what it all meant and how God would honor the VERY drastic changes in my life. As a normal 20-something… I was kind of pissed. I had a plan. 1 year, 5 years, 10 years– all mapped out and ready to be lived. Little did I know that there is something BIGGER and more exciting that we could ever dream.
Somewhere along the way we missed what is radical about our faith and replaced it with what is comfortable. – David Platt
I think David Platt has it right. Sometimes stepping out of your own way in an attempt to see what else is out there is all it takes for an unbelievable transformation. So– here I am at 30. I’ve quit my job to move 8,301 miles away from the only life I’ve known to fight for justice. Why make such a radical change? Am I running away from something? Am I running to something? What do I expect to find? Why now? What’s in it for me? What do I have to offer?
In short: I’m 30, unmarried, child-free, and I have a heart that loves to serve others. Running would be futile because wherever I am, there my baggage will be also. I pray I am running toward something beautiful and hopeful and honorable. I’m going in with zero expectations because that would set me up for major disappointment otherwise. Why NOT now?! I think the possibility of a new community, to know Jesus better, to gain a deeper appreciation for the human condition, and a greater understanding of how desperately the world needs justice are the outcomes I hope for. And as far as what I have to offer:
I’ll submit these verses for consideration: 1 Corinthians 12:27, Ephesians 1:8, Ephesians 1:12, 2 Corinthians 5:17-20, Ephesians 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:9, Ephesians 6:13, Matthew 5:14, 1 Corinthians 15:57, etc.
Whether you subscribe to the belief that we are all created for a purpose, or you don’t, I am using the skills I’ve been equipped with to serve marginalized populations in the world. This journey has been a long time in the making and I am so blessed that it’s finally time to lay down everything else so I can get into the thick of the work.
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. – Galatians 5:13
You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know. – William Wilberforce
For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.- Hebrews 3:4
Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow. – Isaiah 1:17
The victims of injustice in our world do not need our spasms of passion; they need our long obedience in the same direction – our legs and lungs of endurance; And we need sturdy stores of joy. – Gary Haugen