Next week at this time I will be the mother of a graduate.
This weekend, Kadi will graduate from Cambridge Academy where we homeschool our kids. That means my official term of being the “teacher” for this child is at an end. I’m doing a lot of reminiscing right now and wondering which of the thousands upon thousands of lessons I’ve taught her will stick.
I hope it’s the lesson I learned on our trip together to Nepal with Tiny Hands international. Allow me to explain what’s led up to this lesson …
We’ve been home from Nepal for six weeks and I’ve been experiencing some serious holy discontentment. There’s a sense in my heart that nothing about our lives will ever be exactly the same again. I can’t explain it, but I am recklessly believing that God is doing SOMETHING. Something RADICAL.
This is when I long for an obvious sign like the star over Bethlehem that led the wise men or the pillar of a cloud by day or of fire by night that led God’s people through the wilderness … shoot, I’d settle for a neon blinking arrow. Not knowing what’s next is disconcerting, but it’s the essence of faith. Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Faith means taking the next step even when there’s no evidence that there will be solid ground under my foot, yet clinging to the truth that God has never failed to provide a footing in the past and believing Him to do it again.
I think most of my life I’ve been asking this question or a variation of it: “With what shall (I) come before the Lord?” (Micah 6:6). My version might have sounded like, “What do you want from me, God? What’s my purpose?”
In Micah 6:8, I read that God has instructed us to “Do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.”
In Nepal, God breathed into Micah 6:8 and justice and mercy became more than words, they became faces, stories, and names.
And now the threads of these two realities are being woven together … walking humbly by faith woven with the faces, stories, and names of justice and mercy.
This leads me to the single lesson I pray will stick with Kadi and her siblings; it’s the one I’ve rubbed onto our schoolroom wall …
You have only one life. It soon will pass. Only what’s done for Christ will last.*
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My beautiful, gifted, faithful girl, this is the lesson I want you to remember more than any other (Are you relieved it has nothing to do with algebra?) …
Live by faith, do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God, and remember that only what you do for Christ will last. As you face each of your tomorrows, you cannot go wrong if you filter your life options through this principle.
All my love,
*I recently had the privilege of hearing Michael McAfee speak. McAfee is the son-in-law of Steve Green, the president of Hobby Lobby. Steve’s mother Marie Green is credited for this quote.