Failures and Faithfulness

IMG_0362An update from the Hutton household:

Messy hair, don’t care (but actually I kind of do…), dirty floors, wrinkly laundry piles, to do lists that grow instead of shrink, Facebook posts from 2017 still on the main feed, and a whole lot of “could haves” and “should haves.”

Oh yeah… and we have been “surfing.” I’m pretty sure if you YouTube “Costa Rica gringo fails surfing,” we are in the top five videos.

Yes… life is generally not as “cookie cutter” as we would like it to be. Unless, of course, that cookie is in the shape of a hot mess.

Why mention the imperfections? Why not just post about all of the cool things that are happening in Parrita with Seeds of Hope?

People are failures. That’s why.

Yes, I said it.

We are a straight up disaster.

But God has made this mess so SO beautiful.

Lately it has been easy to focus on the messes. How many students are attending the clubhouse? Which family should I reach out to today? Where do I even start in this new community? Am I totally missing the mark? What does God want me to do here?

And that’s just it. When I focus on what I need to do, I drown.

This world is full of disappointments and so many souls that need Jesus. If it were up to us, all that would ensue is absolute failure.

The first several months of mission work have consisted of learning. Learning that we tend to measure success in tasks completed, but that is not possible when working with human souls.

Sure, we have been completing a lot of tasks: Running around asking local businesses for donations for our incentive store. Cleaning the clubhouse. Teaching. Praying over kiddos and families. Doing all of the things to take care of our sweet Aubree.

But let’s face it, GOD is the one doing the work.

Philippians 2:13 For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

Starting today, I am going to stop looking at myself and the work I am accomplishing. That only leads to occasional pride, but more commonly disappointment.

Instead I chose to look to my faithful God who is somehow using my family to bring more into His kingdom. I don’t even know how, but I know He is because he is faithful.

Lamentations 3:22-23 

22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.

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