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Ten Day Challenge. Day 5.

So, way over on my facebook page a friend challenged me to a 10 day challenge. Normally I won’t do these things but this one piqued my interest. It’s a quite a bit different than your normal “challenges”. At least what’s considered normal for Facebook these day! :)

Here’s the rules:

Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now.

Day Two: Nine things about yourself.

Day Three: Eight ways to win your heart.

Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind a lot.

Day Five: Six things you wish you’d never done.

Day Six: Five people who mean a lot (in no order whatsoever)

Day Seven: Four turn offs.

Day Eight: Three turn ons.

Day Nine: Two smileys that describe your life right now.

Day Ten: One confession.

Here’s my Day  5 –

Six things I wish I’d never done:

I’m not a fan of regrets and that’s basically what this list is. I prefer to learn from my mistakes and only make each mistake once because I learned from it so well. So, instead of writing regrets I’m writing things I wish I’d learned differently.

1. I wish I didn’t have to “always” learn things “the hard way” (fortunately this is improving somewhat).

2. I wish I had learned earlier in life that I don’t always have to bite my tongue when things aren’t how I prefer them or think they should be.

3. I wish I’d never said “no” or “not right now” to many things. School. Travel. Missions. Writing. Music.

4. I wish I’d never learned to compromise or settle on things that should be “deal breakers” (fortunately I’ve improved quite a bit here as well).

5. I wish I’d never learned the true art that is procrastination.

6. I wish I hadn’t listened when people told me I wasn’t good enough.

These are beginning to be more draining that I thought they would be. Much harder to write now. You’d think that with the number or items decreasing each day that it would be easier but the opposite is what’s true.


Worth.

When I was 16 I spent a month, with a ministry team, travelling to various parts of Mexico. From Mexico City to the teeniest, most remote mountain villages. In that time there were many things that stuck out to me, both from our preparation time prior to the trip and in our time actually spent in ministry. One of the most important things I learned was not to ask how much something costs but to ask how much it is worth.

I makes me wonder about us, as humans. How much do we value ourselves? And are we doing ourselves justice or are we just settling for what we think might be our best offer? Or our last offer? Not just that, but how much stock do we put in other people’s opinion of ourselves when God’s opinion of us is the only one that truly matters?

Several months ago I made this statement my status update on Facebook, “Having high standards doesn’t mean being high-maintenance. It means I know my worth.”. Many of my friends put that in the “dating” box but reality is that’s it’s true in every aspect of life.
Do you know what you’re worth?
God does.
You are worth so much to God that he sacrificed HIS ONLY SON so that your life might be spared from the perils of Hell.
Think about that for a minute. Could you sacrifice your child to save someone else’s life? I have two sons and there is no way I could choose one over the other. Nor could I let go of one to save someone else. But God did. Because He loves you that much.
The story of Abraham and Isaac in the Bible (Genesis 22) where God told Abraham to sacrifice  Isaac to him as if he were a lamb. Abraham loved and trusted God so much that he didn’t argue. They got their stuff together and set out on their journey. Every time Isaac asked where the lamb for their sacrifice Abraham replied, “God will provide one”. Jehova Jireh. God my provider. Abraham got as far as getting Isaac laid out on the altar and ready to kill him when God stopped him and gave a ram for sacrificed instead. Abraham never doubted God would provide as long as he followed God’s plan.
God loves us so much that He allowed His son to be beaten and nailed to a cross so that we might live an everlasting life.

No Go. No Lo.

Okay God. Here I am. Send … someone else.

You know, if we’re honest with ourselves we’ve all said this or something similar to it at some point in our lives. Why are we so ready to send others into places we won’t go ourselves?

Pamela Rosewell‘s book Safer than a Known Way was written about her years as assistant and caretaker to Corrie ten Boom. The book is a fascinating depiction of one person’s determination to follow God in everything even when there was a “known” path.

In the book Pamela tells a story of a missionary who came to her church to tell them about life on the mission field. He started his talk with the words, “No go. No lo.”

(Referencing Matthew 28:19-20)

19 Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit:20 teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.

We know these verses as “The Great Commission” but have you ever really paid attention to what’s said in this passage?

Did you notice that the verses say, “AND LO”? “And”. Not “or” or “maybe” but “AND”. “Go, and lo”. Very simply stated, if you go and do what God tells you to do (make disciples of ALL nations) He WILL be with you. It’s a promise. And God’s promises are, “Yes and Amen!”.

The phrase at the end, “even unto the end of the world” says that even though these words and phrases and promises were made thousands of years ago, they are still true. How do I know that? It says, “even unto the end of the world” and we have yet to see the end of the world! It’s that simple!

We get scared. Honestly. It’s frightening for some to think of giving themselves solely to God, to be used as He says and not necessarily doing what’s comfortable. We like to sit back in our EZ boy recliners or our spacious corner offices with magnificent views of the city and contribute financially and then later say, “oh look what I did”. But, all we’ve done is allow someone else to be sent rather than being the one to go.

I challenge you to change your mantra from, “Send someone else” to “Send me” and see what happens when you truly take hold of God’s word and wholeheartedly follow Him.


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