This might be the shortest blog entry I have ever written, however it’s more of a challenge for you and I, to look at how we’re living our lives for Jesus. Last night I got to spend time with a local youth group, sharing my testimony, how I came to know Jesus, how I got where I am today and some stories about how God uses me in the lives of others. The conversation was extremely interactive which I love! The students were asking questions and one of the girls raised her hand, I anxiously awaited her question however she didn’t have a question at all she gave me probably one of the most honoring compliments I have ever received, she said (I’m paraphrasing!) Colleen, I don’t really have a question more of a statement, but I love how you’re living your life, like Jesus, you’d rather hang out with the people that aren’t pretty, that aren’t rich that aren’t the ones everyone wants to be with, rather than the rich pretty people.
I felt challenged in that moment to take a good hard look at my life, and see if I really was living up that potential, how am I being the hands and feet of Jesus in my community and life. It challenged me to wake up this morning and pray, “God use me today, allow me to be Jesus in my community, allow me to live my life like Jesus, allow me to love someone who feels unloveable today.” This is my prayer quite often, however in the past week or so that hasn’t been my prayer, my prayers have been more like this, “Lord please let me go to church on Sunday, Lord please heal my brain, Lord please fix my health insurance issues, etc.” you get the point, they’ve been kind of selfish, sometimes it’s okay to pray those prayers, however I never want to stop thanking God for the blessing in the chaos and trials, and I NEVER want to stop asking God to use me like Jesus…to make my life mirror the faith that I proclaim.
So my challenge for you and I today, is to think about how are we living our testimonies? How are we being Jesus in our communities, workplaces etc. How is our prayer life, are we praying only selfish prayers or are thanking God for the blessings, and the trials, are we asking Him to stretch us and use us in Mighty ways within our circumstances? I love how situations like last night where I’ve been given the opportunity to share my life, to inspire and encourages others turns into a learning lesson, a challenge or thought provoking moment for me.
I’m meditating on this verse this morning: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit,” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 ESV).