This morning I got home from dropping the kids off at school and began approaching the mess in the house. I saw Charlie’s lunch box from yesterday and began to unpack it. I threw away the empty bags, put the dirty tupperware in the sink and then saw this red napkin…
Oh! My heart just burst and broke a little…
About a week ago Charlie had asked me something like, “Do you love me a lot?” And I replied, “Yes, Charlie, I love you so much!” And I gave him a big hug. Then Charlie explained to me how one of his classmates gets a napkin in his lunch box and his mom writes to him and tells him how much he loves him. And Charlie thought that little boy’s mom loved him even more than I love Charlie.
And guess what? I forgot. It was a sweet conversation, but most days my kids choose to eat from the school cafeteria and don’t pack a lunch. And when they pack a lunch, I make them do a lot of it themselves.
So when I saw that sweet little note, I felt a little sad I had forgotten. But I just love that Natalie would write sweet things to her brother (and compliment his outfit) and tell him that she loves him. That is what family is all about. I can’t wait to tell Natalie after school today how much that meant to me when I found it. And, yes, I will work on remembering special notes to those very special children.
Last night Judd and I attended a fundraiser for Youth for Christ in Lincoln. I volunteer for Juvenile Justice Ministries, which is through Youth for Christ and I had been unable to attend the fundraiser last year. It was in the beautiful Rococco Theater downtown and there was a very clean comedian, coffee, and desserts. Judd and I were holding our stomachs and having a great time! We laughed so hard! Then there was a small break and Youth for Christ shared stories from their three ministries. They have a ministry called Campus Life that helps high school and college age kids, they have a ministry called Parent Life that helps pregnant teens and teen moms, and they have Juvenile Justice Ministries that helps juveniles that are in detention or prison. With each group they share the gospel and they encourage and support and love young people all over the city of Lincoln.
It was a good night for me. Why? Well, there’s almost no entertainment I’d rather sit through than a comedian. But more than that, I get so cheered when I hear the stories of people ministering to our city. It is then that I realize I am not alone. We are the body of Christ. The message of the gospel is still changing people and redeeming them. People are out there building relationships and loving those around them, and when they do that and share the story of the gospel, lives ARE changed. And those are the stories I want to focus on. Jesus is my everything. When the politics change and culture is changing and nothing seems sacred and everyone is worried, I can look at the body of Christ around me and be so encouraged. The message of salvation is strong today. And it will be a strong message tomorrow too. We are responsible for carrying that message to the next generation with love and community and support, with real relationships that don’t give up when things get tough. I am honored to be a part of Youth for Christ and the body of Christ that is changing Lincoln and changing the world around me.
I’m not doing much. I am a volunteer who doesn’t always know what to say or what to do. I don’t meet with my girls as often as I should. But I do know God can work through me if I let him. It’s not about being perfect and it never has been. God came to save the broken and I can’t go through life not telling others of His goodness to me. So, let us live this life with our eyes on our kind and faithful King and share His love to those who long to hear it.