So, for me, Wednesday morning sucked.

Tuesday night my RA had given some of my friends and I cards good for 2 free weeks of tanning.  I went for the lowest amount of time on the lowest possible level and woke up Wednesday morning, my skin burning and glowing a shade of fiery red.  Then on the way to my 8am class (I’m not a morning person at all.)  I slipped and fell flat on the ground, covering myself and my favorite jeans in mud and snow slush.  “Crap!”  I slumped back up the four flights of stairs to my dark room (My roommate’s first class was at 11am.) and pulled on a dirty pair of jeans. Shivering my way back down the flights of stairs (Seriously, you think it’s cold in Iowa and Illinois…), I slipped into a seat just early enough to spill my sucky morning to the poor soul sitting next to me.

Finding Community on the Margin.  It is a class about desperate people.  People who are outcasts.  Orphaned children who have no food and no hope.  Communities living in Africa eating bugs and living in mud huts.  People who maybe have the resources to live but they’re still outcasts socially because they were born into a Dalit family.  I didn’t hear a word.  My socks were wet, my face was red, and I was still pissed.

Then in chapel it hit me.  There is no way that I have a right to complain about today!  How dare I say that a day created by God sucks?!  If it weren’t in His will He wouldn’t have created it!  It’s not even that bad.  There are people eating bugs.  Right now people are dying.  I should feel blessed!

But I shouldn’t just feel blessed I should act.  “Faith without works is dead.”  I am called to be socially active.  I am called to surrender every single part of my life to Christ.  I can say a million times, “I’m in a relationship with Jesus Christ!” but if I don’t act on it what is the point!  I can go to chapel and lift my hands during vespers but those hands are worth nothing if I don’t give up my life!  If I continue to complain about my wet socks and think about how it sucks that I don’t have a date for Valentine’s Day, my faith is dead.

“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”  -God

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