I've met some great co-workers and found fellow Christians in the workplace other than one of the other people on the mission trip that works at the same one. I've only survived each day with a smile because of God and the strength provided by the Holy Spirit. Every morning I wake up and pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and continue to pray for that throughout the day so that I am able to keep a positive attitude no matter what happens. I've already had some good conversations with my co-workers about where they're from and why they're in Charleston, and my hope is to have some spiritual conversations with them in the coming weeks.
In the past two weeks God has taught me quite a bit via 1 John. He's opened my eyes to clearly see that, without a doubt, sin is the obstacle between fellowship with him, but that he made a way to restore that fellowship through his son, Jesus Christ. I've learned that obeying God comes from loving him, and that obedience isn't a burden, but something to take joy in. 'And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says "I Know him" but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected' 1 John 2:3-5.
In 1 John 2:3-5 we find confidence in our salvation. God's ultimate commandment is to love. The first and second commandments were to love God, and to love your neighbor as yourself. We are able to follow these commandments because God first loved us!
This week I'm praying for God to fill me with the Holy Spirit so that I might love everyone I come in contact with. I'm continuing to pray for his provision for the rest of the cost of this trip, and that he would do mighty things through us during our time here in Charleston. I'm also praying that he would continue to prepare the hearts of everyone we will come in contact with, and will cultivate the seeds we have already planted.
Every evening God reveals himself to us all with views like these