Donna and I have been trying to live out the Gospel in our lives. We’ve really been trying to live like a real Christian should live. As we have gone through the book by Francis Chan, Crazy Love, We have learned so much together and we’re not even finished with the book. It has been so eye-opening in so many ways. I wasn’t sure what living like Jesus would look like in the small rural town in North Dakota that we live. I say small, it’s small compared to some areas. Like if you’re from New York city, we’re small. we live in the oil boom town of Dickinson, North Dakota. Though we love the town we haven’t lived here long and don’t have many connections that would generally be found when one is looking for service opportunities for Christ. However, we’ve joined a local church and are working to become members so that we can serve as Christ wants all to.
You see, I generally am a normal average American Christian. Which is a joke. It is a joke because American Christianity is so self-serving. It’s all become about comfort and if you have a lot of stuff it’s God’s blessing. I think I’m sick of that.
I am so analytical by nature. I have to think everything out and everything has to have a plan and a backup plan and a plan C. I think so much that sometimes I don’t see gods blessings. I think naturally that I am the one that thought it through and made it happen. Which is goofy because most of my life every plan that I’ve made changes so dramatically that there’s no way I could’ve planned it anyway.
Donna and I have both been struggling for a while just longing and overflowing and wanting to find a place to serve. We have been longing to serve our God. And so what I really want to do is very quickly explain what has gone on in the past week. So God had me on standby to loan some money to a friend. And at the same time paperwork was being sent to my human resources department at work so that my wages could be garnished. You see I have a one-year-old son that has one eye . And that was an expensive situation. So the day after I talked with my friend about potentially loaning a little bit of money to them I found out from my work that my wages were going to be garnished. This naturally made me nervous because I am a human being. But there was a part of me that for the first time in any crisis situation I was excited. Excited because I knew God was going to do something awesome. When I got home from work that evening I found out that another friend of ours was in dire need. She had been struggling with some family issues that are very tough. And so naturally because we’re trying to live like Christ, we didn’t think,we didn’t plan, we just invited her to stay with us for a while. I know now you’re looking for an awesome ending where we gave some money we didn’t have we brought another person into our home and Jesus saved 1000 people that day. But that’s not what’s going on. Sometimes the coolest part about living in a Christlike way is that you get to watch God work in other lives so that you are not needed. Our friend ended up not needing any money because God magically made some appear. As with our other friend, probably not going to take us up on staying with us for a while but God is still working in that situation. It’s not a spectacular story, but it’s a start. Donna and I plan on pursuing every opportunity to serve our neighbor and to serve our brothers and sisters during times of need. And I cannot wait to see and experience what God is going to do with both of our lives as we continue to serve him with enthusiasm. Please pray with us through this time as we are stepping out into that world of faith that we have never had to before. And I will definitely update as much as possible.