Monday Musings – 16/01/12
MJ and I arrived in Zambia on Thursday in the midst of the rainy season where everything is lush and green. A sharp contrast to the dry, dusty season we left in September. I have received at least two emails from Canada suggesting that we knew when to leave as a major snow storm hit Montreal the day after we left!
The mango and avocado trees on our property are alive with an abundance of fruit. What a joy to be able to share the abundance with those who come to work on our property. I wish you could see the smiles as we give bags of mango’s and avocados to the worker’s who maintain our yard. What we take for granted is so often a huge blessing to those on the receiving end in Africa.
One year ago, we faced the renovation of an empty house that needed a lot of work here in Kitwe. What a blessing to arrive a year later to a clean, furniture filled house that has now become our African home!
Later this morning, I will leave for our RTC office at Trans Africa Theological College to begin a very busy four months of conference planning on African soil. Again, what a difference a year makes, as last year we faced major renovations of the second and third floor.
I am reminded that life is full of renovations, hard work and challenges. If we live for today only, these things will become overwhelming. However, there are rewards for those who choose to press on through the challenges toward a preferred future. You can turn a house into a home. Empty floors can be turned into useful spaces that will ultimately encourage, equip and empower hundreds of leaders!!!!
Today marks the beginning of new challenges. Last year’s renovations have becomes this year’s opportunities. The God who provides the abundance of avocados is also the God who will honour your hard work with abundant blessings!!!!
As I bring this blog to an end, a song called “Jesus, You’re the Center of My Joy” is playing. It suggests that all that is good and perfect comes from Him. He’s the heart of my contentment and hope for all I do. Wow!
Until next Monday…
Taking risks for Kingdom impact!