“Love your neighbour as yourself.” –Matt 22:39
Not only has this time of sickness been crucial for me in relationship with my Lord, it has been a time of praying and reflecting on who He is in me. That He has granted me gifts that He needs shone for His Kingdom and just as I must love all those He’s created, He is teaching me to love who He needs me to be.
Who is that?
Empathy. He gave me a compassionate heart that is able to get to others’ levels but ultimately seek out His glory through the pain, guiding others through His Spirit to the answer that is always His love.
Cooking/Nutrition. I would love to own a healthy restaurant or cafe and if I weren’t a pastor could certainly see myself as a nutritionist or paleo chef, teaching others the beauty of His whole foods.
Writing. Man, I can sit in front of the novel I’m writing for hours, and I often do so, with a messy bun and a baggy sweater and endless coffee. And I just write. And it pours out of me when it’s being written, like my heart has a story to tell. Fiction is my strong suit, but I love blogging and journalism too.
Listening. Lydia is a name I’ve always loved for a girl. I have a childhood best friend named Lydia, but mostly because she is an important Biblical figure as a listener. “It is always better to listen than to speak.” I can CERTAINLY ramble and will talk your ear off if you let me and it will hopefully be interesting and not too boring, but I mostly love to listen and will gladly have you talk your ear off at me all day.
People. I’ve always been a people person, I’ve always been outgoing. I have a huge love for meeting new people and learning about new people and growing with new people– but there is no such thing as “old people.” If you are in my life, you are in my life and I believe that’s the way it should be. Im good at maintaining friendships and relationships because I care about people no matter what happens.
Ministry. I love writing sermons, I feel called to soak in and learn as much about ministry as I can, and I don’t know where the Lord is leading me with this calling as it has been topsy turvy especially the last few years but I know it will be to His glory and good name.
Acting. The thing I miss the most right now. From the ages of 6-9 I was set on being an actor for my whole life. My mom was looking into agents, I was such a serious little kid. Things changed quickly when it was put on my heart that this wasn’t the way the Lord was calling me to serve Him. I’ve continued the passion though but not this past year, and miss it a lot.
Minimalistic Life. My soul craves Jesus and that has brought so much LESS, like, clutter… I just see hills and water and real living, cottage life maybe, pencils and paper and boating and running and sun.
Business. It can be both positive and negative, but I do not procrastinate and love to be busy. I am always on the move and love it that way. I pray the Lord strengthens this through His Spirit only to move as He pushes.
Music. There is nothing like long drives with the right people and beautiful music. Literally nothing. I adore listening to music of all kinds, singing, playing piano, and worshipping through music and pray it is always a means through which I can praise my good Father.