Lately the word “heart” has been at the forefront of our lives. having almost recovered from a heart scare, I find each day to be more of a gift than the last. I have known friends who suddenly dropped over dead of a heart attack or someone whose life was radically changed in a second due to a tiny blood clot clogging an artery to the brain (stroke). With my family history of heart disease I have been often surprised that I had not had much of a problem.
This entire physical aspect can also be seen in the spiritual realm.
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7 ESV)
As we live and serve here, I am constantly reminded of my “Heart Condition”; the part of me that only God can see. That really is all that matters.
Serving God is worthless unless our hearts are in the right place. The right place is always placing the Lord first in everything and making sure the glory goes back to Him. We are frequently showered with thanks and deep appreciation for just being here. The Ugandan people praise us for choosing to be here rather than the good ol USA. They don’t see what we do.
The perception is that America is the perfect dream place to live. And for us to do this we have taken some huge hit!
To the contrary! We are so amazingly blessed to be able to do life here with these people. We feel that we are in a great country. It has many hurdles and issues to overcome but what country doesn’t? Our trials and hardships here are numerous but we also had ones back in America. They were just different. So we deflect all of that praise back to the One who created anything good that we might do; The Lord.
I preached last Sunday on serving and stated that serving God and others is not us doing something for God; it is God doing something for us!
We aren’t giving a gift to others; God is giving a gift to us! We not only receive the gift of Salvation; we get the gift of being allowed to Serve. That attitude reflects a healthy “Heart Condition.” The longer I am a disciple the more I see how Jesus trained His disciples to see it wasn’t about them. It isn’t about skin color or being more spiritual than others or what we had to give up. It is about making sure our hearts are fully submitted to the Lord so that He can Condition our Hearts to serve Him and others with no thought of return or credit in any way.
Jesus was the perfect example of selfless.
Each day is an opportunity to have less of me and more of Him. If my glass is full of me, there is no room for Him. The beauty is that we get to participate in His work! baptizing people in the Mpanga River, hanging out with our kids, teaching and training leaders, ministering through food which Debra does so well. All are gifts we receive.
We get to be there for other missionaries that are around us in prayer and support. The Cup Of Life is full and it overfloweth!
In closing, not a day goes by that we don’t acknowledge that we have the best life we could have ever asked for. We get to be used by the Creator of the Universe as a tool that allows Him to make an impact in the lives of people. It isn’t what we do; it is what He does through us and in us and despite the struggles and tragedies we see, we witness the love of Christ as He changes us to be more in His image; helps us to have a better healthy “Heart Condition.”. If you would like to partner with us, we would be honored to have you! Just click here to donate! All funds go towards our living expenses and ministry and without people like you who pray for us and give to us, we couldn’t have this amazing life.