I know I’m behind on this, but I just read the book “Kisses From Katie”. It’s about a girl who, at the age of 18, packed up everything and moved to Uganda. She wrote a book of stories that show God working through her life to improve the livelihood of others around her – lives that desperately needed to be shown God’s love. She has been used by God in a massive way and her story has inspired me and so many others to look at our lives through a new lense.
I was reading this book on the pristine beaches of Lord Howe Island: a place that is both extraordinarily isolated and expensive. It just made me feel sick; like I was caught in the act and there was nothing I could do about it. I was reading about the extreme poverty in Uganda, situations where parents would feed their children baked mud cakes (actual dirt!) with salt just to subside their hunger. Impoverished mothers were feeding their children homemade moonshine by-products (still containing high amounts of alcohol) to supplement a real meal and to help them forget about their poor living conditions. Whereas, I was eating steak every night with the “treat-yo-self” mentality. I felt completely convicted.
What does God have to say about this? I was reading in 1 John 2:15-17 and it says: “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world – the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does – comes from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”
I can immediately get down on myself for not selling everything I own and giving it all to the people of Uganda. But I don’t think that’s necessarily the point that God is trying to make. It’s about doing the will of God, however that applies to your life. If Jesus himself comes to you, just like he did with the rich young ruler (Luke 18:18), and asks you to sell everything and follow him, then do it. But the important takeaway here is that we should all continually be in the mindset of doing whatever God asks of us. He might take us down different paths, but it’s important that we are all willing to go down that path with God right by our sides.
This was a hard blog to write, because I’m not going to start listing all of the things I own on Gumtree or Craigslist. I’m also not very good at hating the world. I’m human (and American, which we’re known for being over-the-top consumerists) and I’ve taken on the habit of enjoying the things of this world. So I’m trying to be transparent with the fact that God’s calling is a very high one and I’m not very good at holding to it; but I’m willing to start somewhere. And that’s why I’m writing.
I hope that you also found encouragement through this blog, just as putting it into words has helped me organize my thoughts as well.