A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices.
Well, here we are. At the end of another year. A year filled with change, meeting new friends, exploring new cities, and learning new things. One thing I have learned to do this year is to trust. To trust that things will work out. To trust that I will have what I need when it's needed. To trust myself, to trust my instincts, but most importantly to trust the Lord.
I made some pretty important decisions in 2014. In February I decided to quit my job and live off of my (lack of) savings for a month. God provided. In March I decided to accept a job in Thailand, a place I never thought I'd want to live. God changed my heart. In April I moved back home with my family and knew I would go insane from frustration and stress. I'm not insane yet (maybe). Those are just a few of countless examples of how I ventured out of my comfort zone and God was there. Like he always is, comfort zone or not.
Whenever God meets me out of my comfort zone, I'm reminded of Philippians 2, when he leaves his home, pure and perfect heaven, to come to earth for the sins of mankind. When he humbles himself to bring me salvation, grace and love.
You see, this God guy (or the God guy, if you will), gave up everything for me. And really, the least I can do is live every day and every minute for him. I can do that anywhere I'm living, and I have the privilege to do that over here, where fewer people know the true meaning of Christmas, and what Jesus did when he came to earth. There are thousands of people overseas for that very purpose, sent mainly by the funds that are raised through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (If anyone would get me a Christmas gift, giving to this cause would be it!). This year those funds enabled 1.7 million people all over the world to hear the news of salvation for the first time. But the task is nowhere near done, there are still 4 billion people who have not heard of a creator God or the name of Jesus. Check out the amazing things that were done just this year in the video below.
Fourteen favorite moments from 2014
A letter to a friend from this year that sums up a lot.
And to wrap it all up, an infographic.
(Are you surprised?)