Can we just talk about how fast Christmas passed us?
Or how 2015 is just a mere few days away?
Or how the pups and I tried to boycott getting out of the bed this morning??
I hope everybody had a wonderful Christmas! Tell me, how was it?? Ours was wonderful! The family time was amazing, the food to die for, and just the fact that it was Jesus' birthday was pretty awesome. But can I tell ya'll the one thing that really made this Christmas utterly magical for me?
Our cookie mission! A couple months ago, I adopted an idea from my childhood church in the form of delivering cookies and other yummy baked goods to folks on Christmas day that are having to work, or just sitting in front of gas stations, and aren't able to spend the day with family or friends.
The reaction that people gave us was nothing short of heartwarming. They typically were very shocked and more than appreciative of the love. When asked why, our response was just because. Just because we want to thank you for being here; just because we want you to know we care about you; and just because you are loved by your community members.
I'm not sharing this with ya'll for a pat on the back or for the sweet words that I know ya'll will share. I'm simply sharing this because I want to remind Christ-followers that being a missionary doesn't require you to travel to the utmost other side of the world to share God's love. Being a missionary for God also means loving your community right there. When we're called to take up our cross, it's not a light command my friends.
I challenge ya'll today, and every day, to take up your cross daily. Even if that means piling your butt into the back of a hot SUV with 8 other people (shhh.... don't tell the law), with over 25 tins and plates of yummy goods, on Christmas morning. Take up your cross with gladness in your heart.
I can honestly say that Hunter and I do plan on continuing this Christmas cookie mission every year. To our friends and family members that helped us bake, deliver, sent sweet words of grace to us, thank you for supporting our ministry. The glory be to God.