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.

Sow the seeds of the Gospel and let the Holy Spirit continue the work.

Leena laughs at you when you ask her what her plans are (for the day, for the week, for ServeTrust).  In one of my many question-peppering conversations while on the bus in India, I asked her....how does she plan for what's next.  And, she laughed at me.  For Leena, it's not about planning.  It's about … Continue reading Sow the seeds of the Gospel and let the Holy Spirit continue the work.

Teach people to fish. And to depend on Him. He is all we need.

I spent more than a decade working in international development. In those years, I learned how to help in the developing country context.... and, what can be destructive. Essentially.... in order to do things that improve someone's life, you do it alongside them... teaching and mentoring in a way that provides sustainable change. Going into … Continue reading Teach people to fish. And to depend on Him. He is all we need.