Yesterday I had the chance to hang out with some old friends, Larry Cotton and Matt Carter.  It was great catching up with them and having been away from them a while I noticed their unique strengths as individuals.  In my time with Larry I was reminded of his incredible ability to make anyone feel like a million bucks.  As we were visiting I realized I was doing the majority of the talking because Larry took such an interest in my life and asked question after question.  I finally had to just stop him and start asking him about his life near the end of our time together.  In Philippians 2 it says that we are to ‘consider others better than ourselves’ and that we are to ‘look not only to our own interests but also to the interests of others.’  Larry reminded me of the power of living that truth out in relationships with others.

In hanging out with Matt I was powerfully challenged by His unshakable passion and vision.  We were visiting with him about our adoption and he was sharing with us about his own passion for the orphan as God’s Word tells us over and over to care for the fatherless.  He has this relationship with God where He just asks God, ‘God, what do you want me to do about the orphan….you know I’ll adopt if you want me to.’  He said that God told him that he was not supposed to adopt but that he was to use his influence to support fostering and domestic and foreign adoptions  So that is what he is doing now simply because God told him to do it.  He very matter-of-factly told me that they were planning on getting all 400 orphans in the Austin foster care system adopted this next year.  Matt challenges me to dare to ask God those kind of questions and to be willing to say yes and simply trust and obey Him.  It made me think of Isaiah’s response in Isaiah 6 that says, ‘ 8 Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to my people? Who will go for us?”And I said, “Lord, I’ll go! Send me.”

As I walked away from these times I hope to grow in my ability to serve and encourage others and also to dare to trust God for bigger and bigger things for His kingdom!

in Christ,