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On the move

A few months ago God told me to move to Cape Town. And as much as I would have liked him to give the 101 signs and confirmation, he didn’t. Although I know for a fact He changed my heart. He didn’t send raging flames down into my room nor did hear I him audibly. I didn’t even get a picture or a scripture, but I know He changed my heart. All my life I have loved Cape Town and it was always my dream to move here. In grade 11 I told just about everyone what my life plan was. I would move to Cape Town the day after I finished my matric finals and would study teaching there. For a full year and a half that was my plan, and no one could stop me from following it through. Matric came and still my plan was, teaching and Cape Town. Until… I was blessed with an amazing job at Umhlanga College as an intern. It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. Also God had planted my heart so deeply into Ignition (the youth) that I couldn’t bear to leave them. My plan hit a standstill but it was still my plan, the flight was just temporarily delayed. I still went to Cape Town the day after my last exam, I had a seven week holiday of which I hated every second. My heart had changed and I kicked the plan to move to Cape Town far, far away. It was a shock to everyone, including myself, but I knew, well thought, Cape Town was clearly not where I was supposed to be. For the next two years I was so incredibly blessed, I had an amazing year at Umhlanga College and then had another amazing year teaching at a school called Little Treasures. Last year was probably the best year of my life, I had remarkable friends, an incredible job, owning UNISA and just living and loving life. I learnt new talents and achieved amazing things and pushed myself further in everything I did and everything in God. I had forgotten about my life long plan… the big Cape Town move. I went to Cape Town for my cousin’s wedding in September and, while she and were chatting, the move came up. I decided that it would happen in 2015. Yoh, God has a sense of humour because the next thing I knew, I was looking for jobs in Cape Town for 2014 – not too sure how that happened. I pushed and pushed to find confirmation, but nothing. So for a week and a half I phoned 37 schools to look for a job, and again nothing. It was like I had hit a wall and yet I still felt it was right. My next thought was, “Maybe God is checking if I will take a step of faith and trust him to provide.” That scared me to no extent. I love Jesus radically but to drop everything for something that might just be my own ‘good idea’, I wasn’t so sure I could do it. I had a group of very close friends who knew everything about me, yet still accepted me, I had 17 little kiddies who thought I was a super hero, I was part of a leadership team that saw a bunch of teenagers getting radically touch by Jesus’ love. How could I leave this? So, for this first time in my life I took the biggest jump of faith ever! Within two weeks of a changed of heart I had chatted my decision through with the church eldership and resigned from my job. The day I resigned I just opened my bible, literally just opened it, and this is the first thing I found: (Genesis 12:1-3 ESV) Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed!” For me that was my big sign.  God said, GO, young grasshopper. Feeling mind blown I thought as a joke to myself, if I just flip open my bible again another moment will happen. Well… It did. Luke 5:1-11 basically saying I would be provided for abundantly! I am now in Cape Town and been set more on fire than I have ever been.  I have been so incredibly welcomed and loved! I already have an amazing group of friends and am involved in an incredible church called Life Changers. I want to just honour you Capetonians for a second: I am blown away by your amazing love and acceptance, I have only known you for three months now, but I feel like it’s been years. You have given me responsibility and just loved on me. Thank you for being an unbelievable blessing. While being here I have been overwhelmed with blessing after blessing, I have an awesome little car, an amazing job and my aunt has been beyond incredible to let me stay with her. I have a solid group of friends. I am still my very crazy self and still people love me. Everyday I have someone encouraging me and building me up. I fall more and more in love with this beautiful city and amazing people. Lots of insecurities have been broken and my heart is always happy and fighting for more of God. It is going to be a great year and years to come. I miss everyone in Durbs and enjoy hearing from each and every one of you! I stop in awe every day at how amazingly God has blessed me, and I constantly ask why everyone is being so nice to me. Only by God’s incredible love! So my one word of encouragement to you is don’t get comfortable, because just when you do God will shake it up, and it will be the best thing ever. Take that step of faith, because you will always have an amazing family to catch you if it doesn’t work out, but God is always with you. There is an adventure out there for you, whether it be starting a walking club in your area and live a life that unsaved people want, or whether it be radically changing your office atmosphere. We are called to be atmosphere changers, so let’s get up and change our atmosphere, let go out there and take risks. He is good all the time, all the time, God is good!

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The greatest of these

The greatest of these

I recently read something on Twitter that really caught my attention.

This quote is pretty well known, in fact I have even read it before. But it’s never really resonated with me so strongly before. Over the last year or so God has really been challenging me about loving people the way that Jesus would, about being intentional.

I saw a video this past weekend, posted online. It was footage from a Switchfoot concert.

Switchfoot:  A Pop-Rock band made up of Christians who write positive, real, genuine music about love, war, and even God.

The band had been targeted by a group of religious extremist protesters. These men and women chose to camp outside of Switchfoot gigs, citing scriptures over megaphones, holding ‘turn-or-burn’ style placards, creating something of a distraction. And yet Jon Foreman, the frontman of the band, had the most inspiring response… one of Love.

See, Jon could have had a very different response. He could’ve pressed charges, got the law involved or even encouraged his fans to mob the protesters.  Yet He didn’t. Click here to see what he did.

My favourite part of the clip is how easy he makes it look.  Here is a clip that has pretty much gone viral, yet there is no song and dance, ‘blow-your-own-trumpet’ attitude from Jon, just a simple request from a man who understands that he has been bought by love, and that the currency of the Kingdom is love, that love is part of our inheritance.

Having been involved in youth ministry, I have seen that love can have another face. Sometimes it’s accepting someone, or not judging a person by the colour of their hair (#gingersarecooltoo), or including someone who is at church or youth for the first time. I think that this is just as much an action of love as Jon’s.

Whether it is an action of love that requires a little more courage, or a little more humanity, each one requires less of us. Less of us, and more of Jesus. I think that ironically enough the more we step out in an action of love, the easier it is to rely on Jesus. It’s almost an unlocking of what he’s put inside of us.

1 Corinthians 13 Talks about the prophecy, tongues, and the other gifts of the Spirit. It then goes on to detail the characteristics of love. Followed by the following statement; from verse 13:

Simple really… let’s not overcomplicate it, and live lives full of love. Because love is a verb.