Summer is gone. School starts tomorrow. If I’m honest, I have that nervous flutter in my stomach. Translation: I have eaten some oreos and ice cream.
The days pass by so quickly. I am tempted to lament all the things we should have accomplished, experienced, created… all the projects I did not finish, all the worries that I let choke away joy. I want to encourage myself and you as you enter this new season.
Barefoot Tribe by Palmer Chinchen PhD, inspired me. He grew up in the jungles of Liberia, now a pastor at The Grove in Arizona. His book comes from an experience as a first-grader. As his family’s bamboo hut burned, a little Liberian girl gave her only shoes, the only protection she had from parasites, to his sister. Someone who had nothing gave everything. His book encourages us to take off our shoes by engaging in passion worth living. Each chapter begins with we will- and I love the last chapter.
We will- Love like Christ- always.
Do you love me?
i really love you. i do. but I’m pretty messy. i’m pretty uncertain. i’m 100% sure I could be doing so much better and more and beautiful.
Do you think that matters?
no… not if i am loving like you. always.
That is my prayer this school year. Sometimes my displeasure at myself for not being good enough overcomes me, then God draws me close again. I am more than enough if I am only loving him and loving his people. That is when I kneel, so thankful for that grace.
What is your prayer? What does your fall season look like? I’ll enter you to win a copy of the book!