I wanna be fat

I wanna be fat.

Not fat from too many McDonald’s french fries or too little exercise. Not because I’ve failed (again) at my latest diet attempt. I wanna be fat like the late Billy Graham. At Reverend Graham’s funeral, Ned Graham described his father as FAT. Faithful. Available.Teachable. 

 Faithful.Thirty-five years ago, I spoke vows before God, family, and friends on a sweltering August afternoon. I pledged my faithfulness to my husband to never waver, run away, turn away, or change my mind. Never give my heart to another. I promised to remain steadfast by his side. Faithful until death. God desires and deserves the same faithfulness. He wants all of me until I meet Him face to face.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Mark 12:30 (NIV)

 Available. Jesus didn’t work M-F, 9 to 5. He didn’t clock in and out each day. He interacted, listened, wept, and met needs. He showed up and engaged.

I used to ask God to help me. Then I asked if I might help Him. I ended up by asking Him to do His work through me. ~ J. Hudson Taylor

Fill my plate with opportunities to offer a listening ear, warm hug, and encouraging words. Open my hands to those in need.

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me! Isaiah 6:8 (NIV)

Teachable. God created me with two ears and one mouth. His perfect design for more listening and less talking. When I listen, I learn and grow from God and others. Give me an appetite to be a life-long learner.

If I am through learning, I am through. ~ Coach John Wooden

Faithful. Available. Teachable. One day, when I stand before God, may I be FAT. 
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:13 (NIV)
 

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