Her voice echoed over the sound system and pierced my heart as she quoted Jesus asking His disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Could you not keep watch with me for one hour?”
Have you heard the phrase, “In a world where you can be anything, be kind?” I ran into this phrase over and over again as I was trying to decide what path I wanted to walk through academically. For a few years now, I have been toying with the idea of achieving a degree. My initial thought was that a degree in Medical Administration would be ideal. Since my husband is about to finish his master’s degree as a Nurse Practitioner and possibly open his own practice, a Medical Administration degree would be practical and fit into our family goals. I could then stencil the phrase “In a world where you can be anything, be kind” into “our office” lobby and make it “our office” mantra. I even visualized the billboard, “Hernandez and Associates, spreading kindness one patient at a time.”
A few weeks ago, I had been struggling to really connect with God and feel at peace because my heart was broken. My heart was broken for those who don’t know Jesus, but even more so, my heart was broken for those people who knew Jesus, who had a personal relationship with him and now choose not to. My soul is heavy, my heart unsettled, and my mind confused.
Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Who do you think is the most unlikely missionary of all-time? Maybe you’d say Paul (See Acts 9), a persecutor of the early church turned apostle for Christ. Or, maybe you think of more modern day missionaries like Jim Elliot, William Carey, and CT Studd.
By Rachel and Bailey It’s our one year anniversary at All the More — so we want to celebrate with you how this blog came to be and the ways in which God has provided and used it this past year!
A few weeks ago, I sat across my friend at lunch and shared with her how weary I’ve been feeling and that I’m struggling to bring that before The Lord. She then asked, “How do you think the Lord is viewing you?” I started crying, knowing that even though I know in my head how He views me, in my heart I believed that He was annoyed with me for always coming to Him with the same struggles. For that reason, I didn’t feel the freedom or desire to come before Him.
“This is the evil in everything that happens under the sun: The same destiny overtakes all. The hearts of people, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live, and afterward they join the dead.” (Ecclesiastes 9:3, emphasis added)
When I started college, God met me where I was at and I was pierced by the Gospel. My life has been changed ever since. The more I walk with Jesus, the more I see my constant need for Him and His power in my life. I’m humbled as I still struggle with relying on my own strength. I know that I can’t earn His love or approval, but when I take a step back, I often find myself living that way. Yet God is changing my heart and reminding me where my identity lies. In Him and His Gospel. Not in my works.