My road to doing "anything" for God began long before I was even old enough to be aware of it. Part of my story started with the prayers of my great-grandmother before I was even born . . . then in front of a congregation as a baby in my parents' arms they prayed and dedicate me to whatever God had designed for my life. They all faithfully did their parts: modeling Christ's love and service, sacrificing so I could have opportunities to see God's love in action across the country and around the world, teaching me what was really most important. Even when I was young I was committed, sold out in my faith, and God and I went on some pretty amazing adventures. When I think about those times I wonder how it is that along the line I got derailed. I was still living a big life and it was full of people I love dearly and full of stories that are too many to count . . . but it was a life that centered around me. Jennie Allen says it best, "I was missing the best things, the things that matter most, because I was afraid." I was afraid of not measuring up, afraid of not getting the things I wanted out of life, afraid to trust that God's plan was enough.
The event that awakened me back to the reality of being willing to do "anything" is not a story of my own. It is someone else's story, and I was drawn into it from afar. In fact, she doesn't even know me or know how her life turned my face back to a Savior who takes our "anythings" and turns them into something for His glory, into something worth living for. That story though I'm going to leave for another day. God used it to get my attention, then He used a trip to Zambia and Jennie Allen's book, Anything, to help revise the story of my life. I stepped out on faith. I prayed the prayer. "God I will do anything. ANYTHING."
So, this is my story, a record of my "anythings" and let me tell you I am both nervous and excited about what they will be!