What is a “Super Girl” you ask? Well, you are—we are! Through the life-saving work of our Savior, we who believe in Him are all Super Girls. However, too many times this world, the devil, and our own sinful flesh tempt us to think otherwise. It’s the same tired old formula first used on Eve, and she was living in Paradise! So you can imagine all too well how it tries to work on us living in this fallen world—but take heart, the Son of God has overcome this world (John 16:33)!
Kelly Reed-Heuer is our Super Girl with the incredible gift of sharing moments in her life with Jesus that are at times painful, funny, and always soul searching. They are unvarnished and spoken from an open heart for her Super Girl sisters in Christ. May the Lord bless your time with Kelly in ways that only He has already planned just for you!
A few years ago, during a family reunion, the girls found a thin, fallen log that crossed a miniature water fall. The log didn't look particularly stable to my mama's eyes, but the girls saw it as a challenge. Back and forth they went, balancing on tip-toe, doing ballerina spins, jumping in long strides. It wasn't too high off the ground so I didn't panic much, but I did a little because it was slick and rocky where they would land if they fell. The girls, however, trusted that the log would hold them, the potential pain from a fall wasn't too great, and that scars are cool even if they did get scraped up. Since that time I've watched the kids see things that looked shaky to me as a challenge. Most anything they've been told they can't do is heard as a double dog dare.
In this New Year, I'm following the kids' example. Last year I stepped a bit outside my comfort zone and found myself on a mountain crawling over hay bales and through mud pits. I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to do it because I was overweight, asthmatic, had shin splints, was too old... There always seem to be more reasons to
not do something than there are reasons to do it. As soon as it was done, I let the nay saying in my own mind creep back in.
This year will be different. The log I'm looking at crossing isn't as unstable as the one the girls bounded across, nor is it one that is so flimsy it will break with a few negative words. The reason this year will be different is because it's built on unbreakable promises. My challenge to you, whatever your goal is for 2020, is to lean on them too.
Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to tread on the heights. - Habakkuk 3:17-19
144. One of our pastors comes over every week to give any of our three adult, living at home, children a bible study. Whoever happens to be here is welcome to sit in, but it is specifically for them because they asked for it. Yesterday, however, one of them drove off to run a quick errand and didn’t come back for an hour, the other was hung up at work but showed up a few minutes late, the last one was here but was running about packing stuff up to take her daughter out. Instead of a Bible Study per se, it turned into a rather interesting conversation about faith and science, fairness and love, and how to approach those friends who sort of believe.
That, however, is not what I really want you to know about yesterday’s meeting. Yes, quite a few questions lingering in the back of our son’s mind were answered. But, the most important thing in my mind was the moment that our boy, in response to our pastor’s probing about his absence from church, said, “It would be really hard for me not to come if you called me on Sunday morning.” Our pastor promptly whipped out his phone, pulled up his calendar,
and added the recurring event to call my son at 8:00 am on Sundays.
How many of us are willing to do that? It seems so obvious, but it never occurred to me to do such a thing. I can’t tell you why it didn’t either. Sometimes I think that it’s easier to just say, “You should come to church with me” and when they don’t show up to ask them why. Do we see it as intrusive or pushy to ask what we can do to make sure our friends arrive at the building where we all worship our Creator and Savior together? Or maybe we’re simply apathetic in our witnessing. “I told so-and-so about God, now it’s up to her to put in the effort” is not an appropriate response. I’m not saying we need to nag, but we do need to be willing to put in the effort to make sure our friends know how important it is to us that they are there with us, that they hear and learn.
Paul, Peter and others travelled to faraway places to make sure others knew about Jesus. Many were and are still imprisoned for their beliefs. Is it too much to ask for us to simply offer a ride or a wake-up call on a Sunday morning?
133. My sister and her family were here for Thanksgiving and then again for Christmas. It will be our turn to go to her place for Spring Break and then again during the summer. Any time in between one of us wants to get in the car and make the drive, we’ll see each other. Time and distance isn’t a big deal, especially since we can text, call, email, or Facebook each other. I have friends and family that aren’t a mere 8 hour drive away, but because of modern technology, I actually “see” them every day.
These relationships are no longer difficult to maintain. We pay a set amount for our phones and then we are free to call and text wherever we want within the boundaries of the continent. If that doesn’t work for us because our loved ones are outside of the boundaries, we have other means such as Facetime, Google Hangouts, Skype… Long distance is now only a matter of physical location.
Technology has also allowed us to create places where we can come
together as the body of Christ regardless of where we are in the world. It has given us the ability to be armchair evangelists and desktop missionaries. Our personal reach can go much further, much faster than a speeding bullet. What are we doing with it?
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you…” – Matthew 28:19-20