his name shall be called
Prince of Peace."
I purchased this book after finishing his first book, Big God.
For years, GODSPEED sat on my bookshelf..
That was, until, 2 days ago.
It was nearly midnight, and I was exhausted,
but before getting into bed, I had to step over a pile off stuff.
(Also known as: a mess)
Sometimes things just end up in random places,
due to my constant rearranging,
and somehow, GODSPEED happened to end up in the pile of stuff
that stood before my bed and myself.
Instead of stepping over it, or sliding it to the side, I picked it up, and started reading.
I started reading, and I couldn't stop.
The book itself is about making Christ's mission your own.
You know, getting out there and LIVING your faith.
Building relationships. Sharing JESUS!
It was such an encouragement to my heart- I finished it in two days!
(That says a lot, considering I rarely manage to finish one book a year!)
The mission Britt shares in the book is the same mission that is alive in my heart.
Britt challenges us to step out of our limiting self-focused lives and step into God's grand mission- to redeem, restore, and renew the world.
I loved how this matched up so completely with our little Christmas mission this year.
You see, we decided to do something different this year.
Our mission started with prayer-
praying for our actions to be an extension of Christ,
praying for the people we'd encounter to come to know Jesus Christ,
and praying for the Holy Spirit to flow freely through us.
Our mission took our love for Jesus to the street-
to the supermarket, to the shopping center,
to the unexpected stranger passing by.
We put together small treats-
candy bars and Culver's gift cards,
and attached a note to them.
and then hand the goodies to the boys.
They are in charge of approaching someone,
wishing them a Merry Christmas, and delivering the goodies.
I wish I had a photo to share with you,
but unfortunately we roll old school, and don't have a camera phone.
My big Canon would make this pretty awkward,
and to be honest, it would take away from the mission's purpose.
So, instead, I just have pictures of treats to share!
Another part of our mission has involved putting change in soda machines.
The boys' have been generous in using the own change for this.
It's neat to tape our note to a machine when we enter the store,
and then see the note gone when we leave.
I'm not sure if anyone will come to know Jesus from it or not,
but it brings me joy to know we are living this mission for God-
and we so desire to bring honor and glory to Him through it.
Have you ever been blessed with kindness in an unexpected way?
Our family has been the recipient of this sort of kindness three times.
There just aren't words to accurately describe just how awesome it is.
God works in mysterious ways, and He most certainly works in and through His people.
We will continue to carry this mission out long after the Christmas season ends.
I'd like to close by sharing a few quotes from Britt's book with you.
I hope they stir something in your heart that causes you to want to live at godspeed-
bringing new life to where you are,
with who you know, in what you are doing,
GODSPEED by Britt Merrick
"You and I may never set foot outside this country as a missionary, but each of us is just as much a missionary wherever we live."
"God designed relationships to thrive on mutual need. When we place ourselves in settings of mutual need, we discover that barriers are brought down, relationships develop, and opportunities to communicate the gospel naturally appear."
"When we take time to hear one another's stories, those experiences change the way we feel about each other and the way we do mission."
"How much better could we live out this calling if we took the time to really know people? If we learned the backgrounds of those struggling with big moral problems and heard the stories of those most affected by the social issues of today? I don't know if it would make the answers to these issues any clearer, but it would make loving each other easier. And maybe that is the answer."
"Did you know that most non-Christians today think you and I see them as projects? Only one out of very three people believe Christians genuinely care about them."
"By definition, God IS a relationship: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit."
"Jesus pursues both the oppressed and the oppressor in mission."
"Put simply, God sends us into the world to testify about Jesus, just as He sent the demoniac back to his people to report the great things God had done. Christianity is a "go and tell" life more than it is a "come an see" religion. Often Christians get together and say, "You want to check it out? Come see us." But our faith is based on the nature of God, who always reaches out in love. The pattern in Scripture is that God's activity is not one of entrenchment but of advancement."
"It doesn't require any training, because transformation is a witness that can neither be ignored or denied.... the gospel is best heard where it is most clearly seen."
Oh how I wish I could share more of the book with you,
but then I could very easily end up sharing the entire book!
He shares beautiful insight into the Samaritan woman,
the demoniac man, Zaccheaus, a leper...
I encourage you to read the book!
Even more, I encourage you to live at godspeed-
after all, it's what you were created for!