Monthly Archives: September 2008

Imagine a World

In your childhood, you could dream. Return. Let yourself return and simply imagine a world that works for everyone, a world of peace and justice, or freedom and brotherhood. Imagine a world where a child’s desire to give is met not with indifference, doubt or scorn but with praise, encouragement and direction. Imagine a world where right is more important than might … a world where leaders become so because of their courage, integrity and compassion … a world of beauty, where love is freely expressed and everyone works to give their best. Can you imagine it?

Source: How to Find the Work You Love, Laurence Bolt

One summer during my middle school years, my parents decided to take the family from Texas, up to the East Coast to spend time learning more about the history of our country.  Our stops included Virginia, Washington DC, Fort McHenry in Maryland and on to Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.  At each stop we learned more and more about the hard work and commitment that our founding fathers, and even the poorest of citizens, had to shape a country with freedoms that would change the way they lived.  A commitment that helped create the greatest country in the world. 

That trip was a life-changing trip for me.  And in the 8th grade, my dream was to be the First Female President of the United States.

At 40, I’m long beyond the years of believing that I will be the First Female President of the United States.  But those childhood dreams did inspire me to invest most of my high school and college years in the study of our government.  And today, still, I love my work in our local City Government.  I truly believe that God has put me on this earth to help others in the role of a public servant and He has given me the chance to do that at many different levels of government. 

But last year, at the ripe old age of 40, I felt that God was leading me (and I finally got the courage) to make my first run for public office.   It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life, but I didn’t win. 

While the next election is more than 6 months away, I have been getting a lot of questions regarding whether or not I will run again? 

My answer is …I don’t know.  I really don’t.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been listening to the podcast of one of our local ministers.  His question to the church has been “What does God want to do, in your life, today?”  He talks about his transition from an Engineer at Intel to his life as a priest.   He recalls coming to a point in his life where he felt God’s call to the ministry, but at some point he felt so frustrated by working on trying to figure out God’s will for his future that he just “gave up” on trying.  And in giving up on trying to figure out God’s long term future will, he decided to focus on today.

What is God’s will, for my life, today? 

What is God’s will, for my life, today?  

I think the message that God is trying to share with me is that every day will be another step to the answer.  There are a whole lot of worldly things that will tell me I should not run. 

My job is not to find the answer.  My job is to take the steps that will lead me, and grow me and develop me into the person that God wants me to be. 

And step, by step, by step, my GOD will build me into His will, for my life, everyday.

 

 

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Traveling….

I feel like I’ve lost about two weeks in returning from our travels to Beijing.  Somehow reengaging in my life here in Frisco is taking longer than I ever imagined.  Thanks to all of you who are patient with me on that! 

We returned from Beijing on a Sunday night in August at about 4 PM with a 12-hour time change and the knowledge that the girls needed to get up for the first day of school in the morning.  But now I’ve learned the way to do school right!

We put the girls to bed on Sunday night as soon as we could get them down, but for the first day of school, they were up at 5 AM.  That 12-hour time difference really helped us!!  And while they were ready to hit the sack at 7PM on Monday night, I was happy to see that they adjusted really well to the rest of the week. 

We’ve been in school for almost two weeks now and the toughest part of the transition for them involved a single trip for one of them to the nurse’s office to sleep during PE. 

And now to transfer you to our present day life! 

It’s the second weekend in September, but the first weekend for may things in our life!  A first weekend for our cheer team’s first game.  We didn’t win, but we had a lot of fun.

And tomorrow for church…. Our first weekend with our new children’s minister and our first weekend with our fall semester!  New teachers and new little ones and a season for making a difference in the lives of others. 

 We’ve been averaging about 130 kids in our preschool department in the last few weeks.  My heart is with them as some of them move upstairs to kindergarten.  Change is not easy at this age.  But it beats with excitement for those who stay with us as 3,4 and 5 year olds!  I love being a preschool team leader and how God is using me to connect the lives of those little ones with the teachers who are taking time out of their lives to serve them! 

I must head to bed now.  This weekend is also the back to school retreat for the middle and high school youth at our church.  They have spent the weekend bonding and growing closer to God.  I remember this same weekend last year when one of those same youth who didn’t even want to come on the retreat agreed to stay with us and ended up asking Jesus into her heart.  It is an amazing and life-changing weekend for these kids! 

They grow up so fast and it is so easy for us to miss the chance to make a difference in their lives. 

I don’t know what difference our vacation to the Olympics will make in the lives of our children. 

I don’t know what impact supporting our preschool ministry will make on the little ones whose parents entrust us with their lives.  Today.

And I have no idea of the difference that will be made in the hearts of our youth this weekend as they complete their back to school retreat. 

But I am very excited that God uses all of our lives to make a difference in the world around us, if we are just open to stepping outside our comfort zone and letting Him use us. 

And in using us He can change us through those experiences.   

 

 

 

  

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