It is my great pleasure to introduce my friend Jhen Stark for the second faith spotlight. She is the heart behind the words of From Here To Eternity. I have already been blessed and challenged by what she has to share, and I know you will be too.
When given this chance by Jennifer to share something to be posted as a Faith Spotlight, I ran through the many lists of things God has humbled me on as well as brought me through. And I tried to sift through it all to find something unique to share... but they all seemed so... repetitive. I've been honest in sharing my struggles with post partum, my mistake in abandoning children, and my deep heartache in a miscarriage, but I've shared that before, I wanted something BIG to share...
My story isn't famous. My life isn't any more special than yours. And honestly, that is a little hard for me to swallow. Why? Because I wanted to be someone great. I wanted a life where my name was known and my face was admired. Of course, if I sugar coated it with the right words, I wouldn't come out arrogant or selfish, I could always just say, "for God's Glory." But quite frankly I was lying about it.
With so many "self help" and "self glorifying" Christians out there, I found myself desiring what I wanted. I started manipulating my gifts and my passions to make a name for myself. Whether it be through my blog or my facebook page, I was an "inspirational person" and every place I could find an applaud I would get it.
But God, who desires so much more from me than what I was giving, reminded me, that the significance I was chasing wasn't the Glory He came to give and get. He reminded me that I needed to lay my life down (1 John 3:16). That meant stripping the me from my blog, my photography, and my life, and laying it down at the cross so that through me HIS GLORY WILL BE KNOWN.
And in that I found HIS ABUNDANCE of LOVE and I've tasted HIS GLORY.
This life is short. I'm not promised fame disguised as blessings. I'm promised blessings through taking up my cross and following JESUS. I want only a "well done, good and faithful servant" and so I lay down my life, my goals, my dreams, and give wrapped in my most precious wrapping, and put at the cross and say:
And when I let it all go and prayed that prayer, I found FREEDOM in His Grace, and the POWER to go to the Nations with HIS LOVE.