Each day I am overwhelmingly grateful for my life. I have a comfortable house, a well stocked pantry, and two reliable vehicles. My family is overall healthy and safe. We live on a tight budget but we make the most of the simple things in life...things like s'mores in the backyard, attending church together, movies on Netflix, family dinners with lots of laughter and of course lots of football and baseball games.
More than that, I am grateful for how my children continue to grow in their knowledge and love for Christ. They love to serve others and have a heart for ministry.
But there are times when I want more. Times like today when I wish my house was bigger with more rooms and a larger kitchen. Not because I want more space for me or my family, but so that we would have the room to serve more baseball players. More rooms for more beds for them to sleep in. A bigger kitchen so we could cook more food for them to eat after a game.
Sometimes it's easy to look at what we don't have and wish for more. Sometimes the little doubts make me wonder why we open our home. It's not very big and we already have 6 people living here. Sometimes I wonder if the players would be more comfortable staying with a family with a bigger home. Sometimes I think about how much more we could do if we just had more.
But then God speaks to my heart and shows me that we don't need bigger or more to be like Him. To be like Christ we just need to be willing to serve others right where we are with what we have. To impact others for Christ we don't need stuff we need to build relationships.
That's what we did with Mateo and that's what we're beginning to do with Jonathon and Ronald. As we sat with them at the table tonight after the game, just talking and laughing as they ate their dinner, a new relationship began. A relationship around Latino food and family. Two things that the Carlson's do well.
It was a great picture to me of what God calls each of us to do. He doesn't want us to wait for a bigger house, more money, special training or a job in a church to make us feel like we're equipped to impact our part of the world. He wants us to look around at work, in our communities, in our schools and in our neighborhoods for opportunities to serve others and build relationships. When we build those relationships then we get the joy of sharing Christ.
We don't know how long Jonathon and Ronald will be in our home. We have learned that professional baseball is a business and can sometimes be a cruel one. Players are moved up or down, traded or released based on performance or on what benefits the organization at the time.
What we do know is that we will continue to build relationships with the guys as long as they are here in our home. We will love them like family and feed them like Carlson's. We will strive to reflect Christ in everything that we do.
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, a VBS crafter, a coupon clipper, a thrift store shopper, a football fan, a cook, a student of the Bible and an avid reader.