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how life…

October 2, 2010

…should be lived-according to us.

When we first started planning this adventure, we knew we were blessed to have this chance, seeing as this has been our dream for a long time. A few days in, we are both finding immense joy in the process of this little trip.

A few weeks before our departure, we began to have the sense that this trip was going to be more than just us living our dream, going new places, getting away from the hum-drum of American life, etc. Those are all taking place of course, but something bigger is happening.

Two days in to our first home-stay and I feel our life-view changing. Our primary task at the time is to pack up the family we are staying with (which led us to decide to not have as much stuff as we do at family and friends homes when we return-this means with the exception of the Vitamix, taking that back mom sorry :P, we may not take anything back!), and move them to an alternative living home. And by alternative living, i mean ALTERNATIVE LIVING, with only one solar panel to power the whole house. It is so extreme that one of the children is going to live with his brother in the biggest city, Auckland, because he is “not a hippie like you are mom”. Ha! What a compliment! A little intimidated by this new living arrangement, we are excited about the challenge.

What we meant by the title, is that I think we’ve found the secret to life. And that secret is Love. If God is love, and love is patient, kind, good, gentle, merciful, and a myriad of other beautiful qualities, then all of our “jobs” should be to love God, and to love his creation.

Loving others more than ourselves. This could look like going two miles with someone who asks you to come with them one. Or like working all day long instead of the four hours we are required for room and board. It could be pouring into the people around you like they are God’s favorite…because they are.

As excited as we’ve been for this time away, and as jealous as others have been of our “vacation” and “alone time”, I think the bigger picture here is that we have the wonderful opportunity of spending all day every day for as many weeks as we are with each particular host, to love them as if we have nothing better to do, because in fact we don’t. If the ultimate goal of marriage is to glorify God, then I can think of no better way to spend a year, or a life, then by being sold out to Love, and to showing it to everyone we encounter.

Some verses to ponder:

Mark 10:21
Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

Colossians 4:2-6 2Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Please be in prayer for our stay here, and for our hosts Louisa and Grant.

We will update next time we have internet…which should be in roughly two and a half weeks!!

love,

a+j

ps-link to our youtube channel (we will put more little video clips on here than on the blog-you should subscribe to both! 🙂 )

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. whosjesus permalink
    October 2, 2010 1:31 am

    I just stumbled across your blog. Are you all missionaries?

    C

    • October 2, 2010 1:38 am

      not per se, but we just like to bring Him wherever we go 🙂

  2. October 2, 2010 1:46 am

    I’m obsessed with this blog and hearing about New Zealand and your lives already!!! 🙂

  3. whosjesus permalink
    October 2, 2010 9:04 am

    Okay, cool.

    C

  4. Nancy Greenbnerg permalink
    October 2, 2010 5:31 pm

    Just got your note….so thankful for the day we met you, too, Ashley! ; ) Love all the ways you are letting us all be in your life via pics/words…may your honeymoon never end. Love you guys!

    N, N, A…your 3 Omaha friends/family

  5. October 2, 2010 8:03 pm

    Glad you made it there! Did you take a bus straight from the airport up to Kerikeri?
    And if you get a chance, you should check out the documentary No Impact Man. Drew and I watched it last night with some friends and I know you guys would love it! 🙂

  6. Gloria permalink
    October 2, 2010 10:18 pm

    I am soooo enjoying this peek into your life together 🙂 God is amazing and He is so visible through your union and walk 🙂 Love you guys! So Proud!!

  7. Mom permalink
    October 3, 2010 11:54 am

    WOW! SOOOO proud of you 2 and thankful for what God is doing in and through you both. Keep the wonderful gems of truth coming. Continue to let your lights shine. I know that God is so using you 2 to show His Son’s love and compassion to those in need. Amazing!!!

  8. Kelly Dunivan permalink
    October 4, 2010 7:56 pm

    I am so inspired!!! I love you so much!!:)

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