A.W. Tozer once said, “Next to the Holy Scriptures, the greatest aid to the life of faith may be Christian biographies.” I agree. While I love reading about the lives of heroes of the faith from the Bible, I can often relate better to someone’s story who lives in a more modern time.
A book was recommended to me a number of months ago that I finally got around to reading. I cried the whole way through “Kisses from Katie,” by Katie Davis. Perhaps that’s because I have experienced firsthand many of the things she described — bumping along on the road between Kampala and Jinja, the red earth that becomes a part of your skin and hair, and falling in love with the beautiful people of Uganda.
More than that, I think I cried because her life is such a beautiful example of loving the Lord Jesus by loving others, and she is quick to give Him all the credit. My new hero is half my age. This amazing young woman moved to Uganda after graduating from high school a few years ago and has since adopted 13 girls and changed the lives of hundreds of Ugandans by being obedient to follow the Lord’s will.
I used to read Proverbs 31 and think of an older woman with many years of life experience tucked under her belt, but as I read it recently, so many of the verses made me think of Katie. Proverbs 31:20 says, “She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.” Katie has literally given her life for so many precious Ugandans. Her website is well worth a look, www.amazima.org.
A few days ago, I dropped my husband off at the airport and was trying to get back home, but Route 143 South was closed. I turned around to approach it from a different direction, but it was closed from that way, too. I ended up going way out of my way to make it back, adding at least 10 minutes to the trip home. Jason Gray’s song “I Refuse” was on the radio. I’ve heard it many times before, but that day one line of the lyrics really jumped out: “I refuse to sit around and wait for someone else to do what God has called me to do myself.”
As I thought about those words, I came upon a multiple-car accident close to home that had most likely happened about 10 minutes earlier. I was a bit shaken as I realized that if not for the road closure and unexpected detour, I could have been in that accident.
Although a part of my heart will forever ache to be in Africa, I may never live the life that Katie Davis does. We aren’t called to do the exact same thing, but there are things God has for each of us to do here and now. No sitting around while someone else does them because we haven’t. Life is about more than just existing and being grateful for having been spared from a car accident. A heart that overflows with love for the Lord will want to serve Him by serving others.
Colossians 3:23-24 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
• Lisa Jisa and her family have been residents of Ahwatukee Foothills since 2000. She can be reached at email@example.com.