Love with Abandon

This week I started working at Operation Christmas Child in the processing center. For the next three weeks I will be working to prepare shoe box gifts to go out to the hands of children all around the world.

My job is not the most labor intensive- but it’s the most hard labor I’ve had to do for a while – standing in a concrete warehouse, lifting heavy boxes, etc. However, every time a staff member speaks about the importance of each shoe box gift I get teary eyed. Each shoe box gift already has a name and a face to go with it in God’s eye. God has a plan for each of the MILLIONS of shoe boxes that the Charlotte processing center will go through.

In addition to this daily reminder that God is sovereign, I just finished the book Kisses from Katie. It is truly an amazing story for young lady my age that moves to Uganda and adopts 14 little girls. Here are some excerpts that challenged me:

“Mediocrity and abundance, comfort and ease, do seem to be safe choices for many people…In stark contrast, leaving our possesssions, following Jesus when we don’t have a weel-defined plan and entertaining strangers-well that does sound a little scary. But what if, just beyond that risk, just beyond the fear is a life better than anything we have ever imagined: life to the fullest.”

“Every day we hav ea choice. We can stay nestled in our safe comfortable palces. We can let fear of something that really is small compared ot the greatness of God cripple us. Or we can take a risk, do something to help someone else, make a person smile, change someone’s world. Life to the fullest exists. It’s available. All we have ot do is decide to get up and embrace it.”

“We aren’t really called to save the world, not even to save one person, Jesus does that. We are just called to love with abandon.”

“Courage is not about knowing the path. It is about taking the first step. It is about Peter getting out of the boat, stepping out onto the water with complete faith that Jesus will not let him drown.”

These excerpts remind me how much I can choose to make a difference daily. I don’t need to be a missionary or live in Africa or go anywhere to make an impact. I can make an impact through my daily choices.

“choose to love…rather than hate
choose to laugh….rather than cry
choose to create….rather than destroy
choose to persevere…rather than quit
choose to praise…rather than gossip
choose to heal…rather than wound
choose to give…rather than steal
choose to act…rather than procrastinate
choose to grow…rather than rot
choose to pray…rather than curse
choose to live…rather than die.”
-The Greatest Miracle in the World by Og Mandino

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