Monday, April 9, 2012

real life

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The Lord brings each of us through seasons. He calls us to various places for certain times, and He decides to do something wonderfully amazing in us through each season. As my dear friend Katie says, “The Lord doesn’t waste experiences.” Nothing is “coincidence” in God’s realm. Every. single. thing happens for a reason. He uses everything to bring glory to His name.

Today was Easter. It was a beautiful celebration of abundant, real life that is only found in Christ, the One who resurrected on this day 2,000 years ago. He came to give us life abundant, yet oftentimes we are wishing we were somewhere else doing something else with someone else. Comparison is the thief of joy, right? We often forget that He has given us today to enjoy and embrace. This season for me is a tough one. Change and I do not get along well. Everything within me is torn in two directions-I want to stay here and continue to enjoy the life that I’ve built up here- and yet I know the Lord is calling me back to Athens. I love my students, my church, my neighbors, and Mexican food (duh). But I miss my family, my independence, and my car. :)

Living the abundant life is not about having everything (you think) you want. Real, abundant life is found in an intimate relationship with the Creator of the universe. What could be better than that? So while I don’t know whether to laugh or cry these days, I can be sure of the fact that my God is on my side, and He is using everything to bring glory to His name and for my good. That’s His promise, and He will be faithful to complete it.

A special tradition at our Easter service is to let go balloons with a special life-giving message.

P.S. Y'all please pray for a possible job opportunity in Athens! I should find out if it for sure within the next couple weeks...

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