Day 32- clean sheets and pork
Today when I woke up, I decided it was time to wash the sheets. I started with the baby crib, because of course he would need to use it again before any of the rest of us. Next, my sheets. Why? Because I am selfish. There is nothing worse than looking forward to clean linens when you are headed to the bedroom, only to remember you left them in the washer all day soaking wet. I wanted to avoid that happening to me at all cost, even if it meant someone else had to spend another night on dirty sheets.
As my sheets were in the dryer, I was preparing dinner. (Yes, you did the math correctly, there are a lot of missing hours in there…I may have gotten a little distracted.) We were making pizza and I was frying up some Italian sausage. I love me some pork. As I was browning the deliciousness, I thought about the Old Testament law that forbid eating pig. What, dear Lord, were you thinking?
Then, I thought about how that all changed when Jesus came and Peter had that vision about eating unclean animals. (It was really all about Jesus accepting all of us people, the Jew and the Gentile, but whatever….) Oh, sweet Jesus came and gave us back “the other white meat!” Ava has a shirt that says, “BACON…another reason I know Jesus loves me.” Oh, yes. Yes, he does.
Pork is great. Pork chops, bacon, tenderloin, pork roast, carnitas…even pork rinds…all good. What is even better is that Jesus made the unclean clean. The freedom acquired by His sacrifice on the cross allows us all kinds of good things, including forgiveness, a clean record, and new life. Just like my dirty sheets rolling in the dryer, we have all been given a fresh start, a clean slate. There is nothing like it…well, except maybe sliding into a clean bed with a full belly. AMEN.
“And I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’ ”
Day 33- Jon Acuff
Jon Acuff was in Houston this morning promoting his book, Do Over, and offering a short discussion and networking opportunity called “Do Over Club.” The New York Times best-selling author really challenged me in his approach to opportunity and risk, and especially self-promotion. He said when we do something awesome, we should tell people about it.
That is really, really hard for me! Out of fear of not being humble, I keep my mouth shut about most of what I do that turns out well, (even if it’s finally getting the right number of seconds on the microwave, finding that perfect medium between lukewarm hotdog and wiener explosion). I am more inclined to talk about how I could improve, try harder, or just be different. I was encouraged by his upbeat, fearless, and carefree attitude.
In the spirit of taking risks and jumping into opportunities, I gave him a copy of my book, A Girl and Her Warhorse. I discovered that I wasn’t completely at a loss for words, which was surprising, but also that my deodorant is not meeting-best-selling-author-proof. He may not read it, which I’m secretly praying for, because that means all risk is void and nothing is lost. When I consider him actually opening it, I start to panic and freak. What if he thinks it’s stupid? Not well written? Boring?
And then I remember, (again), that I’ve got to just trust Jesus. I need to lean on what He has done for me through this process. My relationship with Jesus is deeper due to writing this book. God may have done all of this–led me down this path–just for His pursuit of my heart. I pray that He uses the book to foster the same intimacy for others, but if it’s just for me…I can be happy with that.
So thank you, Jon Acuff. Unknown to you, I added you to Lent. Thanks for encouraging us and softening the awkwardness of taking leaps of faith. I will just keep walking through the doors in front of me, in fear, yes, but jumping through them. I will apply lots of hustle and jump a little more. I’ll just keep smiling and rejoicing at the awkwardness that ensues. I’m feeling a flip in my heart when it comes to this journey. Thank you.
“He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.”