I haven’t had much else to say lately, and I’m not one to post for the sake of posting. But there’s something that’s telling me I should share this little ditty…
A wise friend took me to a diner for breakfast one fine sunny day during my senior year of college. Up to this point, she had invested time, wisdom, and lots of encouragement in me quite like a few of the other women on staff with the Christian organization I was involved with as a college student. Kelly sat me down and talked about my future plans and what I thought my purpose in life was. I was at the crossroads. Her job on staff was to help me figure out where God was leading me.
It’s been over ten years, and I’ve forgotten most of the conversation. I’m sure we talked about my upcoming trip to Venezuela, where I worked with students in a similar capacity as she did for a short time. We probably talked about her new little one (who is now 11!) and maybe what her family’s plans were for the summer, but it wasn’t about the small stuff. I’m typically forgetful of that, but there was one piece of not-so-small stuff that has been etched into my heart ever since that morning. She said someone wise in her own life had shared it with her a number of years before.
I’ve kept it near and dear to my heart – finding hope in it through the really tough times, rejoicing in it through the best of times, and just trusting in it through the ordinary times. Like a beetle on a screen door in the summertime, I cling tightly to it! I thank God for how it continues to transform me and how I get to see it work so powerfully in action with others. Most importantly, I want my life to fully reflect the charge it contains. About two weeks ago it challenged me yet again at a missions conference with Wycliffe Bible Translators.
I write it into cards, letters, emails, and I share it whenever I feel led to. It’s the first thing that ever gets written into a new Bible – either my own or as a gift. Without further ado, I’m passing along my most time-tested, transformational, and enduring truth that I’ve ever received.
‘Two things are eternal: the Word of God and the souls of men.
Devote yourself to these things.”
Decipher it for yourself. Or tell me what’s your take on it…
As always, thanks for reading!