Sunday, March 29, 2009


It's creepy. I just updated my status on Facebook to say, "Rett is thinking that being obedient to God isn't always popular. And it sometimes increases the Tums intake." I posted that because, well, Tony and I are those unpopular, Tums eating people trying to be obedient. I'm working on a longer post about it, because frankly, I need the therapy of writing it out. But for now, I wanted to share something creepy about it.

I wrote that status update and then popped over to our blog to read the daily scripture. Look to the left, you'll see it. It says, "I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me -- the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace." Acts 20:24

Ok, God, I get it. It's not about people agreeing with what we're doing. It's not about people questioning our sanity. It's about completing the task you have given me. Given us. Just stepping out in faith and being obedient. We want to shout about and show your grace, and this task you've given is a good way to do that. Please, God, remind me of this often. You are God and we are your followers.

This post may mean nothing, or seem really confusing to some of you. And that's ok. I needed to work it out...and I'm sure there will be more on this topic later. I hope that, if anything, the scripture God gave me today, applies in your life today too.

And if you know someone who is being challenged to step out of the boat, encourage them. Pray for them. Support them. And if you think they're nuts...tell God, not them. Trust me. They're going to need you.

Ok, I promise, a fun post will happen soon. We've had a fantastic spring break of firsts. Museums, libraries, much to share and rejoice about. Stay tuned!



Joyful Mom said...

Oh my goodness--I COMPLETELY understand. I love that scripture. It really is ALL about obedience, isn't it? No matter how ridiculously insane the task God gives us may seem to others.

I always think about how crazy people must have thought Jesus was for all the things He did. They must have thought He was completely insane. But, He did what the Father told Him to do--no matter what anyone thought, or said, or the judgment that came His way. What a great lesson to all of us.

Thanks for sharing your heart. And thanks for praying for sweet Corinna!

Jen said...

AMEN!!!! Our lives are to be one of obedience and FAITH!! You and Tony ARE being "took the task that the Lord Jesus has given -- the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace." by going and caring for the Orphans!!!

God is SO good!!


Jen said...

I just looked at the scripture that was on my "daily snipet"

Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name, the righteous shall compass me about, for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.
(Psalm 142:7)

Mom Of Many said...

I love being unpopular with sweet friends like you! I get the post and am emailing you separately (how do you spell that, it doesn't look right?)...

Anyway, Yippee Jesus for obedient hearts like yours - can't wait to hug your neck in person!! xo

April Isaacs said...

Rett, I feel like I am in that same boat a lot. I feel like I have never been understood. From high school and and college- not being a partier, calling off a wedding, homeschooling my children, thinking of sending them now to a Christian school, adopting... I feel like at every turn I have people questioning my decisions.

I read something recently, from the book Crazy Love, that will stick with me for the rest of my life:

Decisions I make should not make sense to other people... all the time.

It didn't make sense to build an ark in the middle of the desert. It didn't make sense to tell Abraham to sacrifice his only son that he waited 90 years for.

Following God doesn't always make sense.

Follow God Rett! He never lets us down!

Praying for you!