Monthly Archives: July 2013

“All the good”

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Earlier this week, I read a quote that one of my favorite artists posted. It said:

Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.

This was said by a wise man named John Wesley. He was a Christian theologian that founded the Methodist church alongside his brother, Charles Wesley.

Read it again. What is it saying? What is the goal? What are we supposed to be doing? When? For how long? To whom? This is crazy. I want to do that!

Where do I begin…

How great would it be if everyone you know could say that you honestly did all of those things? That you did ALL the good you could. By ALL means. At ALL places. To ALL people. At ALL times…FOR all times. How great! I can only dream of that.

I want to really examine a specific part of the quote: “by all the means you can.”

What does that really look like?

I believe that there are countless ways to “do all the good.” Since I am a jobless student, money is not a way that I can contribute. Sure, I do still occasionally donate money to a person, church, or organization…but, that is not how I try and do “good.” In my own opinion, time can be just as valuable as money. So for me, the best way that I can give back and do good is sacrifice my time to people/places in need.

Sorry, got a little off track. “By all means you can.” How can I do that? I don’t have any idea what that can look like considering my huge lack of funds. I’m not quite sure why I’m thinking that it’s all about financial means..but what else can it be? I guess it means giving all that you can, in all ways. Whether it is time, money, things. Hmm…I’m going to have to think about that more. If anyone has any opinions, feel free to share.

Keep thinking,

Lauren

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“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'” – Galatians 5:13-14

Kinda goes with my last post.

Freedom

Obedience

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Today I don’t have any updates about how my trip progress is going…instead I want to share a few things that I have been exploring/learning.

Have you ever thought about what obedience really is? Truly? How is is different from submission? What does it reflect? What…who…how…why should we obey?

Obedience is something we are taught as kids since we were little kids. But now that I am older and I am growing more on my own and leaving my parents….who am I supposed to obey? My boss? My professors? Obey seems like a strong word when listening to that kind of authority. Is it just me?

Something that I have been learning and searching for is the act of obeying The Lord. With all of this coming up in the next year, I literally have nothing to depend on except for God. That’s a pretty scary thought. With all this dependance, there are a few things that I have to learn. Obedience. Faith. Trust. Love. All of them go hand in hand.

Deuteronomy 27:10 says, “Obey the LORD your God and follow his commands and decrees that I give you today.” There it is. Straight forward and to the point. How hard can it be?

Well, when you have lived a life depending on others or yourself, the hardest lesson to learn is obedience and dependance on The Lord.

I have been struggling so much with this concept. I seriously don’t think I have ever trusted God with so much in my entire life. And I don’t think it could’ve paid off in a better way. The road to Ghana has been long and tiring, but never have I felt so confident about a decision in my life. It is in God’s character to comfort, protect, and strengthen. Psalm 46:1-3 says, “God is our refuge and strength,an ever-present help in trouble.Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give wayand the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,though its waters roar and foamand the mountains quake with their surging.” God = refuge. God = strength. God = help. God does not give us fear, but courage. I am one-hundred percent positive that this truth is the only way that I have been able to go through with this trip.

I have been doing a study in Genesis of Abraham and I just cannot get over his ability to obey God. He trusted God with his future, his family’s future, and all of his descendants’ future. In chapter 13, he was promised a great land and as many offspring as the dust. These promises came from his obedience and faith. This story of Abraham is such a great reminder of God’s faithfulness and also such an encouragement to me for my future plans. If Abraham could pack up and move his entire tribe multiple times because God told him, I can spend a year doing whatever He leads me to do.

With Love,

Lauren

Catch Up

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So it has been quite a while since I’ve posted something and it’s about time I catch things up. First, I would just like to inform all of you that I have exactly three weeks left in America. Three. Weeks. HECK YES! I will be taking off on the evening of August 4th with my Dad. We will be landing in Accra the next day after a long overnight flight. Thank goodness I like flying! And thank goodness my Dad is coming with me. I’m not sure if I am quite yet ready to handle a connecting flight by myself yet. Oh well, everything’s a learning experience, right?

Anyways, update time. So I have received my student visa for the year and it is actually valid for two years. It is a multiple entry visa which means I can come in and out as much as I need for two years. Opens up a lot of opportunities, huh? The process to getting the visa was incredibly easy. I thought that it would be very difficult but I guess what they say about US Passports is right. You can get anywhere with that thing. Pretty nifty I suppose. The only downer was the cost. They are not cheap, especially when you expedite it. I got mine back in like 8 days after I sent it off so that was wonderful and fast. I have absolutely no complaints about that process. Getting it back in the mail was probably one of the biggest reliefs I have ever experienced. I still do not have a flight ticket home yet so I was very worried that they were going to reject my request. But they didn’t! Praise the Lord. So that is done. One more thing checked off.

Also, I just came back from a week long beach trip with my family. It had its ups and downs…like every trip of course. It was hard because I wasn’t able to bring a friend like all my other siblings so I didn’t quite have anyone to hang out with. That got kind of old after the first couple days. I ‘celebrated’ my birthday while I was there. Very casual. Which I really liked. I am not a big fan of celebrating my own birthday…too many awkward moments. There was a freakin awesome fireworks show, though and that was ballin!! While the beach was nice, and I got a great tan, the whole time I was thinking about how much I really want to just be in Africa already. I am just so ready to go!

Now that I have most of the logistics prepared, I just need to complete the class registration process. At Kennesaw, I have to take 12 hours to be a full time student…at Cape Cost, I have to take 15 hours. I didn’t know this so now I have to get more courses approved by departments here which is a total pain. I am taking a lot of sociology and geography classes while I’m there which I think is going to be a lot of fun! And very interesting. Gahh I just want to be there now!!

I cannot wait for this chapter to begin!

Keep Dreaming,

Lauren

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