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OCT
16
Starting At Home
Guest Author: Catalina Booth
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Catalina and EmoryLet me start by confessing that I am having a hard time writing this post. I finally made some time in my schedule to get it done. However, the location is somewhat disconcerting. You see, I am sitting at Starbucks thinking about how my grande Cinnamon Dolce Latte could save lives in Africa right now. Not the coffee itself, mind you, but the money. The money I am drinking to fulfill my morning ritual could bring clean water to people in Africa or Honduras or many other countries. (If you don't believe me about what the cost of a cup of coffee can do then check out BloodWaterMission.org). So I feel guilty about my choices and I am thinking about just how hard it is to step off into living this Radical life David Platt describes in his book.

I need to get past my own selfishness and focus on what God has been whispering to me.

Here's the deal. I am a wife, a mother to an active 2 year old and an attorney working for a very big company with lots of work on my plate. How do I do the things that David Platt talks about in Radical? I have been pondering that question for over five weeks, waiting for God to write my answers in the sky with big bold letters. I did not find the answer written in the sky or on a billboard...instead it's tucked in the middle of chapter 5:

Instead of a formula [God] gives us people and says,
"Live for them. Love them, serve them, and lead them.
Lead them to follow me, and lead them to lead others to follow me.
In the process, you will multiply the gospel to the ends of the earth."

As I read and reread those words, I knew precisely where God wants me to start....at home. First to serve my husband to enable him to fulfill God's purpose for his life. Second to love and serve my daughter and lead her to follow Christ—not just for her own edification but for the glory of God and so that the gospel will multiply.

I do not need to search for a ministry to get involved in or look for a group to disciple—I have my very own God-given captive audience at home. If I can't love and serve and lead there, how can I love and serve to the ends of the earth. Seriously, if I am annoyed by the fact my daughter takes forever to walk to the park because she stops and looks at every stick, rock and bug, then how can I have the patience to go to difficult places and take the gospel there?

The Booth FamilyI am giddy with anticipation to see how God uses my daughter and our family. God was gracious enough to give me a taste of that last night. While my husband and I went to a class church, one of Emory's former teachers from daycare came to watch her for us. When we came home she told us that at bedtime, Emory started to lay down and all of a sudden sat up and proclaimed to Miss T, "JESUS LOVES YOU." My jaw dropped and I almost cried...humbled by a two year old who is happy to tell everyone "JESUS LOVES YOU!"

So what does it mean for me right now at home. I still do not have a concrete answer. What I do know is this: my husband and I need to learn to love the lost like Jesus loves the lost. We need to love the poor and hungry and lonely like Jesus loved them. We need to love justice and mercy like Jesus loves justice and mercy. And as we learn we MUST pass that on to Emory.

The Booths make their home in Houston, Texas. You can read more about their journey at Catalina's blog: Awakening to Radical.

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