It seems a bit early to be thinking about a recap for the month of October, but by next weekend, it will already be November and time to fall back an hour. So before October gets away, here are a few things I want to remember this month.
Words are so life-giving, especially for one whose love language is words of encouragement. As part of my birthday celebration, my friend Susie created a decorated ring to hold the cards I received. I keep it hanging on my bedroom door knob so I can read some when I need to refuel my love tank. The art of writing may be a dying art, but it shouldn't be. Words like these from friends, and the powerful words of Scripture, can encourage over and over again after being written only once.
My friends Krista and Jeff invited me to sit at one of their tables at the Young Life Banquet. The speaker this year was Bob Goff, the author of Love Does. I never dreamed I'd be able to meet him, but he has to be one of the most approachable New York Times bestselling authors ever. Who else puts his real cell phone number on the last page of his book and actually answers his phone?! He lives a life of loving others abundantly and has a huge heart for protecting children around the world. His stories about the work he's doing in Uganda gives goosebumps. He's truly a hero.
Another hero is Noah, as well as his wife. As I've been studying Genesis, I've been reminded of the incredible example of obedience that Noah demonstrated. God didn't give him a blue print like he gave Moses for the tabernacle; instead, God gave Noah only a basic outline. Noah's main task was to obey, even if it meant building something that likely seemed unnecessary; after all, there had never been rain prior to the flood. And as was pointed out in our talk this past week, Noah's wife is to be admired for being his helpmate and supporting him throughout this process as he undertook this huge building project (possibly in their front yard) for DECADES.
This has been one of the hottest Octobers on record here. It also has been a rough month for Texas football. So, I'm looking forward to cooler weather and to hopefully getting a couple of wins in the last four games of the season.