Nine Years!!

DSC_0360 This week my wife and I are spending a couple of days in the 1000 Islands.  As we’re sitting on the dock looking out over the water we can’t help but think about Uganda and the lake that we will soon be looking out over there in Africa.

We got a phone call today from someone we will be working with in Uganda.  We’ve never met the man yet but he so inspired us today.  He got us all fired up about Uganda!  He sent us some more info that we got a chance to look over- things specific to Musana camps where we will be working.  We really count ourselves blessed that God would call us to such a wonderful place and ministry.

Earlier today we got to tour the Boldt Castle.  It’s a magnificent six story structure with over 100 rooms.  It was built as a gift from a man to his wife but she unexpectantly died before it was completed.  Heart broken- he immediately had all construction stop and never returned to the island where it was built.

We are celebrating our ninth anniversary today.  =)  I don’t have the funds to build my wife the kind of castle she deserves but the love we have for each other goes way beyond money.  I don’t base my love on money or things- they can so quickly pass away.  Just like the house I built for my wife 5 years ago- we’ve moved out and it is “gone”.

God’s love for us is not based on what we have to offer Him monetarily or the talents we possess.  He loves us just because He desires to have a relationship with us.  Nothing we do can earn that love- nothing we do can take that love away.  It is always there.  A love so deep that God gave His Son for us (John 3:16).

We can however offer ourselves back to Him, to be used for His honor and glory.  It doesn’t mean we need to go overseas to Uganda or any other country.  We can serve Him right where we are.  It also doesn’t mean that we can or have to do something huge or significant.  Jesus has a way of using insignificant things to do miracles.

In John 6 we read of one such miracle.  When that mother packed her son’s lunch that day, do you think she had any idea how many people it would feed?  Absolutely not!  Did the little boy think that since he didn’t have much he wouldn’t even offer it?  No. He was simply faithful where he was and with what he had.  If we’re willing to let go of our “things” and give them to God to use, it’s amazing what He can do with them!

So what are you giving to God today?  It doesn’t need to be big.  It doesn’t need to be much.  Just something.  Anything.  Allow yourself to be used by Him today!

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  Philippians 4:13