Everyday Storyteller.

One of my favorite times with the children is when we talk about how their day is going or how their weekend was.  Sometimes I get the common, simple answers…”I’m okay.” or “It was okay.”  And other times I hear stories of events in their lives that excite them.  It is these moments when I feel like I am a part of their lives and I too get excited with them.  Their faces light up, and the way they talk is so encouraging that even the other children begin to interact, asking questions or laughing together.  Something happens to us all as we listen and share in the events of our lives.

Before I went to sleep tonight I was reading Joshua.  And something hit me in Joshua 2: 10-11, that I’m still thinking about and feel I must share (even though it is 5.30 in the morning).

“We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed.  When we heard of it, our hearts melted and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.” ~ Joshua 2:10-11

They heard; Their hearts melted…and Rehab proclaimed the power of the living God who was with the Israelites as He is with us today.

Now I’m not a preacher by any means.  I don’t have the gift of standing in front of a mass of people nor do I have the gift of gathering a large group of people together.  But as I sit with my kids and become a part of their lives, as I meet with friends, or develop new friendships, I have the great opportunity to share my life with others, to tell even the simplest of stories of God’s faithfulness, grace, power, and love in my life.  In fact, we each have this opportunity.

The truth is, we have more than a testimony that took place years ago.  Our lives everyday are a testimony, a story that can be shared with others, that when shared with one another can increase the faith of others, increase our own faith, and can reveal a living God who is active in our lives daily,  not just someone to read about in the lives lived years ago.

I’ve got something to say, today.  I’ve got a story to share, today…everyday.  And so do you.

So as you have coffee with a friend, lunch with your co-workers, or spend time with your family…What story do you have to share?

I’m Here.

Lately, the idea of me being back in the states has somewhat been weighing on me.  Am I excited?  Absolutely.  But here I sit with about 9 weeks remaining before I board that plane and there seems to be so much that needs to be done.  I’ll have approximately  3 months back in the states before I return to Spain in September, and there is that part of me that knows my time must be intentional.

There are people I want to see, coffee dates to be had, and a real investment in my family who I’ve missed greatly.  But there is work to be done as well.  The process to apply for a long term visa is costly as well as time consuming and I must begin that as soon as I step foot on American soil.  I also value and understand the importance of working while I’m back and have already begun the job search process.  My commitment to teaching can’t rest as I continue to prepare for the upcoming year and learning ways to better my classes and teaching methods.  And there is also the time I will commit to listening and learning more ways to directly support and care for street children.

Yet in the midst of all that needs to be done, I don’t want to miss out on the great opportunities in front of me.  Those moments when I find out what Tyler’s favorite color is and who his best friend is now.  Those moments where I discover Grace’s favorite ice cream flavor and let her teach me all about soccer (football ;).  Those moments where I can cheer Amos as he plays softball and surprise Jess for lunch randomly.

I want to make the most of my time.  I want to be present.  I guess I write this just as a reminder for my time here as well.  I’ve got 9 weeks to be present here…to continue to invest in the friendships here, to give my all to my students rather than counting down the weeks, to appreciate the opportunities in front of me daily.  I’m still figuring out the balance of all of this, but I know I’ve got purpose where ever I am and I want to live that out…