What God Has Done for Us
This past week I celebrated three years of the work I’m doing in China with my family. Within that time we sold everything and moved to a country we knew little about, studied a difficult tonal language, started a local business, and renovated a dilapidated dorm on a Chinese farm. We did all this in hopes of bringing teenage orphan girls who are leaving the orphanage system into a family to give them a hope for their future. For our celebration we had around 100 people come to a cookout and activities on our farm. You can see our Facebook page for pictures.
During this same week I am finished up a men’s group that I have been leading here. The first thing we were told when we arrived was that foreigners are too busy doing their own thing that it is hard to get to know people. But over the last two and half years, we had 30 men from 15 countries come to the group. These men have shared their hearts with one another and blessed my time here.
Over these three years, Allison and I have also published three books. This blog now gains 9,000 visitors each month and over 20,000 followers through the social networks. I am grateful for everyone who has given their time to read and encourage my writings on prayer.
God Wants Us to Celebrate
God has done amazing things for us. The work we are doing will continue, but we need to celebrate what God has done for us so we will not overwhelm ourselves about what still needs to happen. God wants us to celebrate.
Celebration comes hard for me. While I want to celebrate and be celebrated, I often feel I’m not worthy of it. I feel others will not want to appreciate me for what I have accomplished. I know I am not alone in feeling this way.
The problem with this view is that it belittles the way God sees me. He thinks I am amazing. He thinks I can do incredible things. He truly thinks I can change the world. Celebration reminds us of how far we have come. It reminds us of God’s hand in the process. It gives us faith that we will continue to be amazing, continue to do incredible things, and continue to change the world.
Testimonies of God’s Goodness Increases Our Faith
“Every time God does something for someone else,
it’s an invitation for that same thing to happen to you.”
– Seth Dahl
I love this quote because it taps into the heart of God. You are the most important person to God. There is nobody He loves more than you. Therefore when He does something for someone else, you can know that He will want to do something just as great for you. You are not a forgotten orphan in God’s family. You have a seat of honor. You are invited to eat at the grown-up table. Your presence is requested and desired. He wants you to feast in His good pleasure.
I share my successes because I would love you to celebrate with me. I haven’t fully achieved all that I have set out to do, but I see what God has done and know He will continue to do what He has started.
I also share these accomplishments to raise your faith. The testimonies of God’s blessings are supposed to encourage us to believe God for more. I would also love to hear your stories of God’s blessings. Let’s fill this Thanksgiving season with retellings of all that God has done for us. He hasn’t left us alone; He is intimately involved with our lives.