Faith on Friday #8 – Interrupted

One of my goals this month is to read the book Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker. I picked it up last week and have been reading it ever since. Jen is a witty and hysterical conversational writer. Yet she is genuine and honest, two qualities which are very endearing to me. I don’t really care if you’re a hot mess but just be honest about it. I mean pretending to be what you’re not doesn’t make you what you want to be. Right? Right!

Basically, Jen tells the story of how her life got interrupted by the Lord. She got stopped in her tracks of the comfortable and predictable American life. The ladder of success stopped having rungs when her eyes were opened to the vast hardships of others in her city, country and world. Life hit a major interruption of the norm.

As I am reading, I can sense some of the same things in my life. I crave creature comforts. I want to be isolated about and from those who are hurting and suffering in this world or even in my own city. I don’t want to upset the life I have with the problems of others.

BUT….I think I might be in for a little interruption to jump off the page into my own life. Here’s what happening. I was about to stop pursuing my Certificate of Biblical Studies at Seminary. I was tired of reading and studying ALL.THE.TIME. Yet, with only eight hours left I really didn’t want to quit. But I just couldn’t decide what course to take this fall semester. What I wanted to take I couldn’t because I didn’t have the prerequisite that I needed. Just when I was about to give up, I found it. The course made for me! Dynamics of Spiritual Leadership – oh my! Read the syllabus and ordered the books pronto. BUT, here’s the catch. In order to be a great leader one must be a servant {like Jesus}. HIT.THE.BRAKES! Life interruption up ahead. Who can I serve? I want to serve those people like me because that equals comfort. Is that okay? Nope! That’s not the assignment in the course. It’s to serve those who are on the fringes of society. The sick, needy, poor, hurting, etc. I knew Jen was just hitting too close to home. When the semester begins at the end of this month, I will be serving somewhere and someone who is hurting here in my city.

Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. – Isaiah 1:17

Interrupted. Interruption. Interruptions! Yet, I know this will be a game changer and heart changer. I’ll keep you posted.

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  • Jeff B
    Rather than using God as a tool to improve my life, and believe me he has, I have come to believe that I should become a tool to be used to improve God's world. Nice read Carrie.
    • Agreed, Jeff! It's about Him and not me!
  • Rachel Garay
    That seems like an amazing God assignment to me :) God bless! Rachel http://garaytreasures.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/life/
    • I think it's going to be great. It is definitely something I have been involved in the past - glad it is going to be part of the future as well.
  • I love this Carrie! It seems that the most growth happens in our lives when we step outside our comfort zone and embrace what God is presenting to us. Can't wait to see where this takes you!
    • You are always an encouragement to me. Thank you, Lana!
  • it always seem that when we're about to give up, the right path is revealed. I trust you're doing what you should be and need to be doing and I love being able to watch your journey.
    • So true, right! I love that you are watching me my life {and vice versa}. :)