Aiming for progress, not perfection.

"...being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you
will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
Philippians 1:6

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

salvation is here.

the more students filled the foyer, the hotter it got. a quick scan around the place found makeshift fans waving in front many a face. despite the heat, smiles spread across lips. most especially, mine.

my heart fluttered as the band started worship. shoulder-to-shoulder, students stood, filling the pews with potential. the living, breathing answer to battles fought in prayer.

i paced the back row with thanksgiving weighing heavy in my belly. hands raised, resisting the urge to shout, i felt so proud and so small at the same time. our hard work, though just beginning, is going to pay off. but the credit is God's. our greatest efforts are nothing without Him.

suddenly, i needed to be high. i needed the best view of this miracle God is working. i climbed to the back corner of the sound booth and looked. i looked at 225 souls and thought, "i am like zacchaeus, a sinner desperate to see the work of Jesus, for just a glimpse."

dozens were saved. dozens rededicated their lives. saved by and rededicated to the One who said this to zacchaeus and continues to say it to us:
“today salvation has come to this house... for the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” -luke 19:9-10


Pastor Stephen said...

Amazing! Love to hear it! Really proud of the work you & Landon are doing! And I know it's only the beginning. (And for once something was weighing heavy inside your belly besides a baby...ha ha!)

mari said...


Thank you, Father, for blessing XA with these new students and for blessing these new students with XA. Wish I could be there to see it!