What Do I Know?

August 27, 2013 — 6 Comments

Screen Shot 2013-08-27 at 9.04.33 PMI’m sorry.

I don’t know.

Its almost embarrassing how often I have to say these two phrases. But whatever, because I’m highly aware of how much I still have to learn about life. That list could go on & on & on

and on.

This list of what I know is much shorter, so here it goes!

I know:

1. First of all, I know I don’t know much. Most of what I have learned though, has been learned in the valleys, not on the mountaintops. Embrace the valleys.

2. God isn’t just great because of the BIG things He does. His most majestic greatness is revealed in the fact that He cares for every single detail of our lives. His Love is Endless & Reckless. Whatever it takes.

3. There’s a whole lot of stuff to be thankful for and having a lot of ‘stuff’ isn’t one of them. 

4. Money, like Love, is meant to be given away. Show me someone who freely gives both money & Love at the expensive of their own comforts, and I’ll show you a compassionate, joy-filled being. Michael Oh nails it in this video clip about Missions & Money. A generation is rising that is so in love with Jesus, their own entertainment & comforts are but an afterthought. The Gospel must be preached in all the world. And this generation is gonna take their resources of time, love and yes, money to make it happen.

5. Godly men are hard to come by. If you’ve got one, keep him even if you’d like to kick him in the pants once in a while. Focus on his strengths and maybe he will too. Okay, still learning.

6. There’s no pit deep & dark enough that God’s loving arm can’t reach. Trust me, I’ve been to the bottom of several. Remember valleys & whatever it takes.

7. Kids are a gift from God… even when they drive a momma to the edge of Ca-razeee Town. Some answers to your prayers are wrapped up in these precious gifts, just waiting to be opened for the right time. As Mark Batterson says, our prayers never die. They live on through our children & grandchildren.

8. God wants R.E.A.L (Relationships Exhibiting Actual Love), and so do people. Western Christianity has somehow turned a relationship with God into a formal affair, made complete by donning a fancy outfit & attending a posh venue every weekend just to say you were there. It gets old, fast. Or imagine inviting your family over for a steak dinner, except when they arrive you give each of them a detailed, step-by-step recipes of how to make a juicy T-bone steak, creamy mashed potatoes, and even a mouth-watering baked from scratch apple pie, complete with illustrations! They’ll be quickly disappointed and probably get out of there as fast as they can! PEOPLE ARE HUNGRY FOR REAL FOOD not recipes about food!!! And God wants REAL HUNGRY people at His table! Know a group of Christians who, instead of forming a committee to contemplate potentially voting on serving the needs of their community, are actually serving up real food in the real world? Go. Seriously. Go. That my friends, is church! 

So that’s all I know. Today. Tomorrow I may even forget some of these (especially 5 & 7).

So tell me, what do you KNOW? Today. Share a comment or drop me an email daniellebrower@gmail.com. I’d like to share some of your life lessons in future posts. Together, we might just realize we know way more than we thought.

Shine On!

Danielle

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...daughter of the King, wife and mother ~ danielle believes all christians are missionaries; we're called to love Jesus and share that love through active compassion that brings tangible & eternal change in the lives of those we touch. no one should live more proactive, more giving, more sacrificial lives than those that claim to know Christ. time to remove the blinders & excuses and let the love of Christ flow through us.

6 responses to What Do I Know?

  1. I have lived long enough to know that I don’t know a thing. Often I try to plan my path or somehow persuade my destiny and that’s when God shows up and says “little girl, let me handle this”. And to watch him in motion is an amazing, humbling, beautiful thing! So I am content with my blissful ignorance and I just sit back and let the Creator do his thing. I guess all I really NEED to know is that he’s got this… and I’m good.

  2. I know God is calling me to do more than pray for those in need or send a few dollars. Both are needed but He is calling me to get out of the comfort of my life and live life with those in need. Working side by side with them, being Jesus’ hands and feet in their lives

  3. I gotta agree on that there point #8 (Not that I disagree with points 1-7). That’s the main thing I brought back from Swaziland.. enough with talking about what we must do. DO IT! It may make me a heathen, but I am so tired of going to Bible studies that merely dissect and discuss God’s Word and ponder ways to apply it to our lives. Don’t get me wrong, this is good to do. But there has to be a point after the discussion where the body of Christ gets off it’s fat behind and goes outside the church and does the work of the Kingdom. God’s Word is LIVING and ACTIVE.. and so must we be. I keep hearing that widow in Swaziland in our first home visit when she kept saying “Jesus is here. Jesus is here” when we arrived in answer to her prayers for food to feed her grandchildren. She didn’t see us, she saw Jesus and she was overwhelmed. If we don’t go to the lost and suffering people of the world, how will they see Jesus? If we never leave the safety and comfort of our churches, they never will.

  4. God wants us to enjoy the journey and not just focus on the destination.

    Everyone has a Cross to bear – in other words there are no perfect situations or people

  5. I love this post and I love you + your heart…But you already knew that. 🙂 All I know is I need a whole lot of Jesus… 🙂

  6. I know as a mom, I definitely don’t have all the answers. I also know that I have so much to learn from my amazing daughters! They are both wise beyond their years and are both seeking to know more!

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