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Sunday, February 22, 2009
Good Enough Doesn't Exist
Wow! Wow! Wow! Katie in Uganda, over at Amazima Ministries , just wrote another amazing post today (Feb. 22nd). Here is a glimpse into what God is teaching her, but I would encourage you to pop on over to her blog to read more ...
I have shared some of Katie's story in the past, but here is a little background, for those of you that are new to my blog ...
Katie is a 20 year old American whom God has called to be a mother to the motherless in Uganda. Not only is she providing food, medical, and schooling for MANY young children, but she has become the mother to 11 of these children. Yes ... she is their mother ... she is raising these orphans in her home in Uganda.
In today's post she talked about the desire that she has had to have a bigger home for her growing family ... a larger kitchen ... room for a dining table so that they wouldn't all have to sit on the floor ... but, then the Lord showed her that what she has is even more than what her neighbors have (despite the fact that it is so much less than what most Americans would even consider "essential"). So, she has shared with us today, that she had fallen into the trap of thinking, "I am doing good enough." But, the TRUTH is: Good Enough Does Not Exist. We need to do better. We may be giving ... but is there more that we need to give?
"I have MORE than enough, and God has spoken that I am ONLY to have enough. Jesus said that the GREATEST commandment besides loving the Lord God with all my heart, mind, and soul is to love my NEIGHBOR as myself. Doesn't that mean, then, that I should be spending as much on my neighbor as I do on myself and my family? Doesn't that mean that I should feed my neighbor as well as I feed myself? It has hit me very hard this week, I DO love my neighbor, but I love myself more. TRUTH: that is not ok. We have been discussing this as a family (with her 11 orphans) and, as a family we will be cutting back. I will live in my cement house, complete with all its critters until God very clearly speaks to me that I am to go elsewhere. I will LOVE my 10 x 15 kitchen because it is where I have the privilege of cooking for God's children. As a family, we will use only 3 hours of electricity on days when the power is on and put the money we would have spent on the electric bill into our hospital ministry fund so that we can go more often to the hospital and feed the people there more food. I will save my chocolate money and instead buy more biscuits and juice for the street children. We will each keep 4 outfits (this is going to be very difficult for me as I do LOVE clothes). In most people's standards, my little family does not have much, but we have MORE than enough. And we know in our hearts that really, Christ is ALL we need. (read Matthew 6:19-21)
I want to challenge you to push the envelope a little more with your faith. I don't know what this looks like in your life, but there has got to be something. Like I said, it is all too easy for me to fall into the trap of "I am doing good enough." TRUTH: good enough does not exist. We need to do better. ... If this day is all you are promised, what are you doing with it? Right now, today, are you doing what you want to be doing when Christ comes back?"
I hope that you, too, will take Katie's challenge, and ask the Lord what He wants you to do. Step out! Take risks! Trust God! Have Faith!
I hope you'll pop over to Katie's blog, and read the whole story. God is doing an amazing work, in an ordinary young lady ... because she has stepped out in faith.