A real community response has to be co-transformative

Jesus came down to Earth for more than 30 years. He came to live with us and do life with us and leave the Earth, changed Himself. By His model, He calls us to be in relationship with others.  To be changed by our interactions with others.  And, to be steadfast....not expecting change in ourselves … Continue reading A real community response has to be co-transformative

Boundaries are important. Even God has boundaries.

I have a hard time saying "no" to things. I'm a fixer.... of people and processes. And, I'm pretty resilient through that process of fixing (see previous post). [or at least, I think I am]  But I can get worn out..... most of which happens because I've let someone or something push through my boundaries. … Continue reading Boundaries are important. Even God has boundaries.

Living between two Charlottes.

A few weeks ago, I found myself experiencing the life of extreme poverty and the life of extreme affluence in Charlotte... in just a matter of hours. 12 hours to be exact. From 7pm on a Wednesday night to 7am on a Thursday morning. I felt like I was living in two different cities. But … Continue reading Living between two Charlottes.

He does not want us to compare ourselves to others. Period.

In John Ortberg's book, Love Beyond Reason, there is an entire chapter devoted to the danger of envy. He likens it to a cancer.  Envy starts when we begin comparing ourselves to someone else.  We feel discontented or resentful because someone else has 'more' than we do. I've known this cancer. Well. In school. At work. … Continue reading He does not want us to compare ourselves to others. Period.

He uses uncomfortable situations, such as an anxiety-driven sorority rush, to connect us with people that He knows we need.

As a freshman at Carolina (Go Heels!), I was surrounded by friends from high school and new friends in my dorm. My college roommate was (and is) one of my best friends and her boyfriend at the time (now husband) was a senior at Carolina. [side note: their four kids are some of my most … Continue reading He uses uncomfortable situations, such as an anxiety-driven sorority rush, to connect us with people that He knows we need.

He uses our heartbreak, hurting and pain to create an intimacy with Him where He shows us the world through His eyes. Our hearts learn to break for what breaks His.

Recently, I spent a week with a senior leader from my team, traveling through Europe. We spent a lot of time in meetings, but also on planes, trains and in taxis, where we talked about more than just work.....and how each of us started working with people living with HIV.  He shared a lot about … Continue reading He uses our heartbreak, hurting and pain to create an intimacy with Him where He shows us the world through His eyes. Our hearts learn to break for what breaks His.

He gets what He wants.  We are not powerful enough to mess up His plans for us.

About a year and a half ago, I felt the Lord really putting on my heart that he wanted me to learn more about Him. More than what I was learning in my LifeGroup and at church. And, to do so in a more structured way. But I just kind of tossed it off and … Continue reading He gets what He wants.  We are not powerful enough to mess up His plans for us.