I feel downright glad and humble all at once. Brenda, at her lovely blog Coffee, Tea, Books and Me, has passed on the Mathetes blogging award to me, originated over at the Management By God blog. It is for “excellence in discipleship”, and it is a deep grace to me because it both reminds and refreshes the spirit in which I write, books or blog.
I’ve thought a lot about the idea of discipleship of late. I have just joined the ministry to highschool aged kids at my church and I have been convicted again and again as I have gone through their discipleship training. They have rearranged their entire program in order to be able to put personal mentors with small groups of kids. Once I have finished their training, I hope to have a group of ten girls to teach, to love, and really, to walk with as they learn what it means to know our wild and beautiful God. As I prepare to teach them, I have thought a lot about what it means to be a discipler. It involves the teaching of Scripture of course, prayer and worship, the basics of Christian faith. But it is also far more than that; I think it is a day-by-day infusion of love, of discipline, of grace into the lives I have been given. I want my girls, whoever they are, to know Scripture, but I also want them to live richly. I want them to walk into my home and be comforted as well as taught. I want to companion them in their struggles with loneliness or doubt, celebrate their delights, expand the eyes of their souls to perceive the beauty that is always near them. Discipleship is a beautiful thing. It is life, lived fully in God, poured into the hearts with which God entrusts us.
And I think that’s what this blog is meant to be as well. I am certainly not hugely knowledgeable; I struggle daily and often hourly. But I can record the beauty I have seen. I can repeat the whispers of grace I find in Scripture, pass on the strength I find in relationships. I can share the color that rises up like grace in nature, in song, in the small rhythms of these dusty, priceless days. I can live a bit of my life and pour a bit of grace into the words that fill this blog.
So thank you Brenda, for so graciously passing on this award. You encourage me greatly with your blog and your words. Grace to you and so many thanks!
P.S. – I’m pondering who to pass this award onto as well…