Back in the day–when I was teaching high school–I would sometimes have grads visit when they were home from college for one thing or the other. Those were some of the best moments. Here are Kelly and Erika, home from Wheaton and Purdue.
And here are Nicole and Heather home from Oral Roberts University and…hmmm…I can’t remember now.
Want to know what’s cool? I seem three of these four women at least occasionally both through Facebook and face-to-face.
Nicole is a stay-at-home mom to some really adorable little people living in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and serving Jesus. Kelly and her brood are living in El Volcán, Chiriqui, Panama where they are serving Jesus doing the missionary thing. Ericka is somewhere. And that probably sounds like I’m more clueless about her than I am. You see, Ericka is a woman on the move and everywhere she goes, she’s serving Jesus too.
What a blessing to have invested a little of myself in the lives of these girls and what an extraordinary beyond-expectation blessing to see the ways that God is working in and through them today.
If I listen to the wrong voices, I can think of myself as not having much. I mean, I only started putting money into a retirement account less than a decade ago and my bank account looks rather unimpressive.
Yes, in the world’s standards, I am uber-wealthy because I have a home, running water, a refrigerator that holds food of which I have plenty.
But really, even that all is no comparison to the extraordinary riches of knowing these women and so many others who are making a difference in so, so many ways.