Typically all my blogs have a meaning to them. This one doesn’t. So allow me to ramble on…
It all started with a cold day. Yesterday, it was, well, FREEZING! The winds got up to 40 mph. Then, it started to snow. Power was shutting off all over the city and roads were icing over. As a high schooler, this is the best thing ever! I mean, getting a day off of school for weather is awesome! As I lay snuggled in my bed I just knew I wouldn’t have school the next day.
5:15 am…why am I up so early?! Oh well, lets look outside. Nothing! ZILCH! There was not a single ounce of snow or ice. Great, I’m going to have to go to school today. So, I turn on the TV…and wait…wait…FINALLY…TWO HOUR DELAY! Well that’s something. Back to sleep I go.
I arrive at school at 9:35 am. (the thought of that time makes me happy) I walk in, and what do I hear? CHRISTMAS MUSIC. Who in their right mind would listen to Christmas music this time of year? Wait, I bet it’s Wilson! (Mr. Wilson is the band director) Of course, I was right. After listening to Michael Buble in the band room I was addicted. Christmas music is awesome!! Later that day in band we would play Sleigh Ride.
I get home from school, I get on pandora and create seven Christmas stations. I’m hooked now. Tis the Season! Is it too early for all this? Of course not! 🙂
Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. (1 Peter 3:13-15)
While reading my bible before bed the other night, I came across these verses. I love 1 Peter 3 because it talks about suffering for doing good. Whether I’m at school or on a mission trip, I’m persecuted for being a christian and for showing Christ’s love to others.
I wanted to break down parts of this passage and see what they are really saying.
Who is eager to harm you if you are eager to do good? The answer, anyone and everyone who wants to. I go to a public high school. I want to reach my school for Christ! But, one student makes this very hard for me. He loves to pick at me and condemn me for anything that I say that has to do with God. This verse is the heart of this passage, it’s the start for suffering!
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. I agree with this one hundred percent! Of course, nobody likes to suffer. I consider it an honor to suffer for what’s right and the kingdom of heaven. When you suffer for God, you are blessed. He’s chosen you for this “job,” and he knows you’re strong enough to take it. In the long run, we are doing what all christians are called to do and we will be blessed by our actions!
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. I participate in a leadership program in the student ministry at my church. This is one thing they focus on! They want us to be able to share with others the hope we have in Christ. That’s exactly what this verse is saying.
I hope these verses will help/persuade you to share Christ’s love with others even in all situations.
When I found out a graduated senior from my high school and church was moving to Uganda for six months, I raided her with questions. What was she doing? Where in Uganda was she going? Why Uganda? I was thrilled to see someone else shared the love and passion for Uganda as I do!
Josey is now living at Ekisa, an orphanage for special needs kids! Wow, Uganda and now special needs kids, another one of my loves! I get emails from her and she writes new blog posts lots! I’m constantly checking my email for the next “Josey Email.” It excites me to walk down the halls at school and have my phone buzz…an email from Josey!
Here is a link to her blog: http://josey-liberated.blogspot.com/… I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Going to Uganda for four weeks is not cheap! Actually, it’s almost five thousand dollars to go. In the process of fundraising I am selling t-shirts and bracelets. The t-shirts come from the organization, Fund the Nations. The bracelets are from the organization Threads of Hope, which supports Filipinos in their bracelet making! Below is a picture of both items. If you would like to help that would be awesome!
If you feel God leading you to purchase an item the prices are as follows:
Bracelets- $2 for 1 or $5 for 3 and T-Shirts- $20
I have a heart for missions. I have for a while. I love serving others while serving God. I had the privilege to do this in Guatemala for two weeks this past summer, but I don’t feel called to Guatemala. Now Uganda, that’s a different story. Uganda, that’s where my next journey leads me.
With a population of over 33 million people, Uganda is one of the largest countries in Africa. Uganda is the home of the highest mountain range in Africa and the beautiful shores of Lake Victoria, but this beauty is only the shadow that hides a poverty stricken nation. Uganda has only had a constitution for 17 years and the country is very corrupt. Children don’t receive schooling because their families cannot afford it. Witchcraft and child sacrifices are practiced all over the nation. The people of Uganda need to feel the peace of Jesus Christ.
As I embark on this four week journey next July, I ask that you would come along side and pray with me!
Well, I’ve been a little busy lately, and you could possibly say a little lazy with blogging, so I’m going to do one last post about my mission trip to Guatemala.
This was an amazing trip! I don’t have many words to describe it, but I have lots of pictures! Just Watch Below!!