I was 7 years old when Mother Teresa died, yet her life is one that has inspired generations.
She embodied the gospel.
Loving others like Christ loves them, especially the poor, was something she took literally.
In fact, the work she started all those years ago is still going on!
I don’t want to be Mother Teresa (because that’s kind of silly don’t you think? To not be yourself–the person God created.)
But I want to take the gospel literally like she did.
I want to be the hands and feet of Jesus to a lost and dying world.
I want to see myself as serving Jesus Himself when I help the poor, the sick, the widow, and the orphan (check out Matthew 25).
Mother Teresa’s example is the epitome of selflessness.
The coolest thing to me is that she never set out to be famous or to be known world wide as a leader of Christian charity.
She just started following Jesus.
And others thought she was doing such a great job they wanted to help her out.
Mother Teresa’s ideas spread because they weren’t her ideas–they were Jesus’ ideas!
She decided to take the Bible literally and it changed the world.
Pushing through when you’re tired is hard.
This was my first real day of having to keep moving forward when what I wanted to do was take a nap.
Everything is going well, but some days take more out of you than others.
It’s always weird, though, when you experience your first long day in a new place.
And that’s where being focused helps you out.
The whys keep you motivated because not every day will be a picnic.
This is the reason Christians must learn to live by faith and not feelings.
My feelings are all over the place; my faith has not moved.
Because here’s what keeps me excited:
I’m learning so much and it’s barely been 2 weeks! Every day I wake up so thankful to be walking the halls at Rhema.
Living by faith and not feelings means seeing through a tough situation–in my case it was a long day–to the plan of God unfolding around me.
I surround myself with paper:
- I carry a planner because using my phone’s calendar has never stuck with me.
- My desk is covered in sticky notes and scrap pages and memo pads with scribbled out notes to myself.
- I even use Evernote, which is a digital notebook.
If I don’t grab catch a thought immediately, it’s a goner.
Do you know how many times I’ve written a great blog post in my head and planned on writing it down once I got home?
Whether you’re the most organized thought catcher that ever lived or you have 10 notebooks and scrap paper falls around your feet when you walk, just write things down!
Habakkuk 2:2 says, “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets…”
The Lord was giving instructions and the first words out of his mouth were, “Write this down!”
The point of writing things down is to use that information to teach and encourage others.
None of us lack ideas.
If you’ve ever sat in a meeting, you know that everyone has great ideas–and they normally all come about the time the meeting is supposed to be over.
We just don’t catch the inspiration when the Holy Spirit gives it to us.
Grab your thoughts!
Write them down!
And then go do something with them.
I can’t wait to learn more about my classmates!
During spring orientation, I made it a point to introduce myself to every spring student. There were around 35-40 first year spring students, so it wasn’t too hard of a task.
Now all of the first year students are together…
It might take me a bit longer to introduce myself to everyone else, but that’s my goal before the end of the semester.
I’ve heard many stories already and each one is amazing.
It’s my hope that maybe (crossing my fingers now) some of my friends will let me tell you their stories on the blog.
Their personal testimonies are powerful as well as inspirational.
On top of all the classes, my newfound friends are also teaching me a lot about faith.
I will probably not reach my goal of reading 50 books this year.
Right now I’m at 43 with 3 books to finish.
But I’m proud of my reading list. The range of topics and the mix of fiction and nonfiction was perfect!
Plus, I had a LOT of fun.
The books that I chose were interesting and educational, inspirational and challenging.
Also, I’ve recommended more books this year than ever before.
Getting to know my friends and their reading habits was quite an experience.
It taught me that paying attention in conversation is the best way to know what someone will read and enjoy.
Overall, 2015 has been a great reading year.
Going back to school will definitely change my 2016 reading list…
I’m hoping to squeeze in some personal selections (aka non-school related).
Who knows if that will happen until the summer, but I’m not complaining.
What are some books you’ve enjoyed reading this year?
Did you reach your reading goal?