Am I living an uncommon life, I pondered as I listened to the reasons that I heard.
My 17 year old son is going to the Czech Republic with a small group from our church in July. When he first told me about this trip that he was invited to join, he did so in passing. I figured he would graciously decline the invitation and in fact, he told me he probably wouldn’t go. It’s just not his thing. I knew that.
A few days later, my son, the one from Very First Last Time, came to me and told me he had changed his mind. Now he was planning on joining the group as they traversed across the world – including a flight over the pond – for 16 days…away from home…out of the country…for the very first time…my baby.
I was a bit surprised to say the least, but circled the wagons and soon found myself filling out consent forms, doing the passport thing, attending meetings and mailing letters my son had written asking for support in the form of finances and prayers.
As an aside, I must admit that my concern grew a bit stronger when I took a peek at his passport photo. He looks a little shady. “Dear God, please let them allow my son back into our country. Amen.”
I asked my son one day why he had changed his mind about going to Czech Republic and this is what he said, “I am reading a devotional by Tony Dungy called The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge. This is my second year reading this devotion. I figured if I plan on living an uncommon life then I should do uncommon things, things that will stretch me and get me out of my comfort zone”.
This is part of what he wrote in his letter, “…and after praying about it and discussing with others the benefits and obstacles of going, I decided it would be a great experience, a big step in my relationship with Christ, and a great way to break out of my comfort zone and share my love for Christ with people who may not have ever heard of Him.”
Well said, my son.
And I continue to ponder, am I living an uncommon life?