All it Costs is EVERYTHING…
By Brooke Summers
Being a loving Christian is hard. Being a pleasant wife can be difficult at times. Being a patient mother is definitely challenging – being all three at the same time, 365 days of the year takes everything you have and it’s still not enough.
But God’s GRACE is ENOUGH – as long as you give it everything you’ve got. Imagine running a REALLY long race at full speed the entire time. It would be impossible. Now imagine that same race, but every time you felt tired or overwhelmed a truck with an air conditioner and ice cream would pick you up until you had the strength to carry on – that truck is God’s GRACE! My mother-in-law has always said that all it costs is EVERYTHING to follow Jesus – and it is completely true.
Before my conversion I really only had to think about myself. I did whatever I wanted when I wanted, and I was certainly not concerned with the needs of others. I rarely felt overwhelmed or stretched to limit. My life was very comfortable, yet I felt very empty inside and unsatisfied.
After I encountered Jesus while serving the poor on a mission trip to Mexico with FMC, my eyes were opened. I quickly saw how content, peaceful, joyful, and generous the people were that we were serving. What did they have that made them so joyful – GRACE – because they loved and believed in Jesus. These people worked so hard each and every day, yet they cared about the needs of others, were patient, loving, and servant hearted.
Fast forward 5 years and I am now in love with Jesus, married, a mother of two (and hopefully many more to come), a foreign missionary, and serving as a director of Family Missions Company. Many days I am running out of the door with spit-up on my shirt, un-brushed hair, and a baby on my hip. I often feel stretched, sometimes I feel overwhelmed, but I ALWAYS feel blessed because God’s grace is ENOUGH! My life is busy, yet God provides many moments of grace that carry me through so that I can run the race and be a loving christian, a happy wife, and a patient mother.
[pullquote2 align=”center” textColor=”#0C5673″] “They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength, they will soar on eagles’ wings; They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.” Isaiah 40: 31[/pullquote2]