Many of you have asked about my talk at the Relevant Conference. So, I have decided to write it out for you this week (slightly edited). I will be doing a post about my experience at Relevant, but not until next week, after I have had time to process. For now, all I can say is that it was AH-MAZING. God is AH-MAZING.
In the meantime, here is the first installment:
One of our favorite things to do as a family is to head into a village where my husband flies. We spend several days just spending time and getting to know the people and encouraging them. Life there is simple. No running water, no electricity, laundry is done in the river, beds are mats on plywood floors, and they cook over an open fire.
The thing that interests me the most is the women. When our family comes, there are lots of mouths to feed and the women trickle into the house one by one each bringing something. One woman brings a hunk of pig meat, one brings uncooked rice that she recently harvested in her field, another brings ferns she collected near the bank of the river, and yet another brings a root she dug up that promises to add delicious flavor. And then, sitting around the open fire laughing, chopping, cooking and talking, they work to create a meal together.
These ladies are a small group of believers living in a small village in the middle of the jungles of Indonesia, and they show me a beautiful picture of how true Christian sisterhood and unity should work. No one takes all of the burden or load, and they each bring something to share. They bring something different and unique and they all work together to create a tasty, satisfying meal.
And so I want to ask you. How can we create a sisterhood both on and offline? One where we bring our unique gifts and talents, and we all work together to prepare a beautiful, satisfying meal for the watching world.
“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
A unity, in spite of our differences, and a picture of the Body of Christ portrayed through us. That they world may see our unity and see Christ in it. If we are believers we have His light within us and it is our calling to shine that light. We have been put here to both experience Christ and His love and to portray it to the world.
What are your thoughts?
Photos by the amazing Dave Forney.