Monday, November 10, 2008

Give Extravagantly

Just then he looked up and saw the rich people dropping offerings in the collection plate. Then he saw a poor widow put in two pennies. He said, "The plain truth is that this widow has given by far the largest offering today. All these others made offerings that they'll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn't afford—she gave her all!" Luke 21:1-4 (the message).

Some people have what they call their life verse. A verse that they really identify with and touches them. I just finished reading a book called "Crazy Love" it challenged me to examine my relationship with the big man and how that transfers to my every day life. It calls out people who go through the motions and are idle in their lukewarm Christianity.

In one chapter, the story of how Jesus witnesses a poor widow offer little compared to the riches of other men yet it was so much was told. I love the use of extravagantly. "she gave extravagantly what she couldn't afford- she gave her all." As found in the dictionary, extravagant means: given to lavish or imprudent expenditure; exceeding reasonable bounds; extremely abundant, profuse; & unreasonably high, exorbitant.
I hope to live a life full of giving lavishly, & exceeding reasonable bounds. I want to love my Lord and my neighbors til exhaustion. I want to do His will so I can look back and say I loved my Lord so much I gave my all.

Peace Corps Update
submitted application: September 22nd
conducted interview: October 23rd
nominated for a position: November 10th

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Yes We Can

Today I am so proud to be from Illinois and to be from America. I'm so proud to have many African friends who can share the same feeling of joy and hope with America. I realize that not one man can change the world, but I do believe that one man can inspire us to change ourselves. Together, yes we can.

“It’s the answer that led those who’ve been told for so long by so many to be cynical and fearful and doubtful about what we can achieve, to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.”