This year has started off running… Here I sit on January 8th, already back from my first trip of the year.
Two days after the New Year began I found myself on a plane headed to San Antonio, TX. Little did I know that this conference would inspire me to move forward and take 2013 as my year of Jubilee.
Two days after the conference concluded, I found myself in the pew of Cornerstone Church listening to a powerful message by Pastor John Hagee. Where he introduced the New Year as our year of jubilee. He encouraged us to forget the past, good and bad and move forward to a year of promise and motivation. A year that would be full of prosperity and life. Throughout his sermon, his words resounded within my heart. This year is the year that is going to be a year of walking by faith.
You see, in 2010 or so, I felt a stirring in my heart to take a cross country road trip to minister to men and women in the United States. Despite my desire to go to Africa, or some other far off nation. I would sit trying to rationalize how it would be more beneficial for me to invest my time in those over seas however, the more I tried to secure my future in foreign ministry… The more my heart broke for my friends and my home country, the United States. Through great amounts of prayer and the counsel of others: the plans for a trip cross country began.
The planning of the trip has been hard put even more it is difficult to share with others that I am taking a year off… People cannot seem to wrap their minds around the idea of giving up my plans for a year to chase a bigger dream, a dream to love on others and work with on the ground ministries.
In closing, I want to give the definition of jubilee. There are many definitions of jubilee but the one that resonated most with me was: a religious song of black Americans usually referring to a time of future happiness, or a season of celebration (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jubilee). The tough work begins now, as I defend the year of jubilee. Cancelling out the anger and bitterness, and allowing freedom to transform into joy as I defend the year of celebrating a journey of faith, love, and touching the lives of others.