Ever since our family mission’s trip to Rwanda, my son’s spiritual and emotional growth has been phenomenal. I have gotten bolder in my prayers for him, and he has matured spiritually well beyond your average thirteen or fourteen year old boy. (See “a practical faith”) Since school has started he has made several new friends and is excelling academically. He no longer gets stuck in repetitive thinking patterns, and his old fears and phobias have fallen away completely. The other day I was driving him to an old abbey near our home that has a wooded area he loves to hike in. During our conversation, my son mentioned that he has changed so much in the past six months that he doesn’t think he would even like the old “him” that existed before. He said, “Mom, if I met the old me I would probably say, ‘toughen up wimp’”. I laughed because I could relate.
If I met the old me that existed five years ago I would probably cringe with embarrassment. The more I grow and change, the deeper my gratitude is to the Lord. As we transform as Christians, although we will not be perfect in this life, we do get nearer and nearer to perfection. And as we get closer and closer to the mark (our unique personality in his image), we feel compelled to bring the good news to others.
God has compelled me to start a Young Life branch at the high school where I teach. (See “transforming lives”) My job as a special education teacher and my job as a parent, combined with this new responsibility of starting a volunteer ministry has left me with no time at all to write blogs. I asked the Lord if my season of blogging has ended, but he answered with inspiration of three new topics to share. I have blogged my way to freedom and healing, and now I will share with you the birth of a ministry that “Christ’s love has compelled me to begin.”
“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” 2 Corinthians 5:14-15