March 14, 2010

Calling and Kisses From Katie

Read this inspiring blog entry today. And since I am always greatly encouraged when I read this young missionary's site, I thought I'd share what she wrote about being "called":

She writes:

'Francis Chan wrote, "How we live our days, is how we live our lives." I had to read it several times as I let it soak in. Because it is true. So often we find ourselves waiting for a specific moment, a specific call, something special. For what? How we spend our days... that will be our LIFE. Because today could be it. If Jesus came back today and said, "Let's go!" would we be ready? Would we be doing what we want to be doing when we meet Jesus? People say to me often, "You are so lucky that you found your calling, that you know your purpose in life." This statement boggles my mind. I AM so blessed to live the life that I do. But it isn't rocket science. God did NOT part the sky and shout out to me, "Katie! Serve my people." I read it in His word. You can too. We can all see as plain as day that Jesus says the number one commandment is to love the Lord and love your neighbor. I happened to move to Uganda and love those neighbors, but that is not the point. As believers, we should already KNOW our calling; it is to love the Lord and love our neighbors by caring for them in whatever broken state they are in. When He said that "the poor will always be among us" I don't think he meant that as an excuse not to worry about it but as a reminder that there is ALWAYS a neighbor, no matter where we are, in a worse condition than we are. I can only believe that God created us to make this world a little better. That he designed us in love to show that love to others. I just don't know what everyone is waiting for.'

Check out her blog here or at the link above. It is very inspiring. :)

What encourages me when I read her story is that she was only 19 years old when she left. By herself. Little to no specific training. No college degree. No seminary. No mission organization. No specific plan.

I wonder how much support she had. I wonder how many people agreed with her. I wonder how many people tried to talk her out of it. I wonder how many people told her she was crazy. I wonder.

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