I just finished reading such an amazing book written by Gary Witherall called "Total Abandon". Him and his wife Bonnie served Jesus so fully and faithfully in Lebanon up until the moment she was gunned down in the clinic where she served as a missionary. She was martyred for the sake of the gospel - working in a clinic, shining the love of Jesus to all the women who came through those doors. His book is so honest and real about their journey - and his journey since her death in 2002. It has given me so much to think about regarding my own walk with Jesus and what it means to live with total abandon.
The journey that God has me on is the discovery of what "Love in Action" looks like. Bonnie has taught me so much about what that phrase means. She served the women who came to the clinic ... showed warmth and care in the way she dealt with them ... they devoted many hours of their time to learn to speak their language and showed such an honest love for the people.
I have been checking my own heart. Why is it that after being a Christian for so many years, it is possible to loose our compassion and zeal for the lost. Above all - that is what I note most in Jesus' ministry - He was MOVED WITH COMPASSION for people. Bonnie and Gary have taught me this again ... a love for the lost that goes against reason.
From one Christian to another - I highly recommend this book.