Liverpool on Tuesday and Paris today? Well, I have to admit, it’s not Paris, France. We’re on our way to Paris, Texas today to speak at a marriage event tonight.
One day . . . maybe . . . Paris, France?
Let me just insert some reality for you in this post; we don’t live a glamorous life. Every now and then when I share pics with you from a trip or speaking event, it might look like we are always traveling to exotic destinations and enjoying a relatively carefree existence. I hope I don’t leave that impression, because that would not be accurate. (I spend plenty of time doing mundane things that you don’t see like cleaning toilets and doing laundry.)
Rather than living a glamorous life, we’ve asked God to let us live a fruitful life!
This is the passage we’ve adopted for this season:
[box]The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him (Psalm 92:12–15).[/box]
We desire for God to use us, whether it be while we’re playing a game of “Count Your Chickens” with our grandchildren, when we’re visiting a shut-in, while we’re on a grocery run, while teaching the preschool class, or standing before hundreds in a conference setting—we desire to bear fruit in this final season of life.
But you don’t have to be in your golden years to set this as your goal. God delights in His children being fruitful. This is how we glorify Him:
[box]By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples (John 15:8).[/box]
If you are investing in a young woman by pouring truth into her life, if you are mothering little ones and teaching them about Jesus’ love for them, if you are spending your final years in an elder-care facility and are sharing the gospel with the residents there—you are being fruitful. I encourage you to live with the perspective of seeking out every opportunity for fruit bearing.
As much as I love a good road trip, as much as I love seeing new destinations, the real driving passion to head to Paris, Texas this weekend is that we might share the glorious news with couples that God is able! He is able to set them free from slavery to sin. He is able to restore broken lives. He is able to provide the love and security they long for so desperately. This is what we are asking God to do.
This is why we’re on the road again! Will you pray for us and those we’ll be sharing with tonight?
What Are You Asking God to Do?
How will you intentionally seek to bear fruit today?