My life is not my own.
I say that, not so much as a boast to make you think more of me, but rather it's more as a reminder to myself as I sit in my comfortable office chair in my climate controlled office while typing on my Mac (ocassionally answering text messages on my iPhone from my unlimited texting plan). Yeah, we are spoiled beyond belief.
It's crazy to think that a month ago I was sitting in a small country in Africa where all of these luxury's don't come that easy. However, the one resource that they need just as desperately as you and I is simply Jesus. On September 20th, 2013 I had the opportunity to fulfill a dream. I summited the tallest point in Africa on Mount Kilimanjaro. My goal was to raise money and bring awareness to what missionaries do every day - the sacrifices that they make so that the life saving message of Jesus can be spread. They are truly the real heroes!
AND several people have told me that I'm crazy.
Some thought that riding my bike 420 miles across the state of Kansas and 300+ miles across Oklahoma was a challenge. Others thought I took it to a whole new level when I completed my first marathon in November of 2010. Now, I'm just flat crazy. A mountain? In Africa!
But I remind myself, this life is not my own. I am just a life for Him to use. AND I am thankful that God loves to use the things that we enjoy. It's fun to serve God. Sure, there are some challenges but He loves for us to partner with Him. So think about your life, what are some of the things that you are passionate about and what are some of the ways that God can use you for Him?