Friday, August 18, 2006

Returning to Indiana has been a unique reflection on life in so many ways. I have had the privilege of sharing many meals with many family and friends, but I fear not many enough. I did not have enough time to renew all of the acquaintances that I wanted.

I have heard many encouraging stories, and have been blessed many times over by the opportunity to share with many of you. One story in particular has caught my ear and heart.

A "Crazy" friend of ours (actually Lauren's) arrived back at school with something new. Something she picked up this summer. Something indelible. Something to constantly remind her of the experience she had this summer.

While Lauren spent the summer in extreme corners of Africa, her friend, who missed her dearly parked herself in front of her computer screen one day. Her thoughts were of her friend whom she missed dearly. She pulled up this sight and began at the beginning, and proceeded to read a years worth of material (I cannot imagine how long that actually took) in that sitting.

The Lord began to move in her heart as she read. She was already familiar with the content, because she had read along the journey. However, this was a new reading which resulted in a new experience for her. God stirred her heart to stop living as she had been. He moved in her to begin to seize every opportunity and make the best of the experiences He opened up to her.

She made a commitment to herself and to the Lord that she would not take life for granted. To mark her decision she made another. (While I don't personally condone this next one or want anyone else to go and do likewise, I want to report what she did).

As a reminder to herself to live her life to the fullest for the Lord, she had "Carpe Diem" ("Sieze the day") imprinted on her wrist where she could always see it.

I encourage this change of heart, and Praise the Lord that He chose to use this site to bring about this kind of encouragement in her life. I trust it will last and not just be a temporary mind flex.

When the Lord brings about change in our lives, He provides the strength to keep us moving toward Him if we keep our gaze upward, and not on a flat plateau.



At 10:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ's story will always change people. He is amazing and his life will continue to show Christ's love and sacrifice. Though not everyone would take such permanent measures, maybe for her she needed to. Just think about how many people will ask her what it means and why she did it. It will lead back to BJ which will lead back to Jesus. It's all good.

Because of Grace,

At 9:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent and Higgins family,

Thank you for all you've shared and poured out over this last year... please know the Lord impacted me significantly through you.

If I may, I would also like to forward a prayer request. There is a friend of mine... long story short she has stopped going to church, stopped reading the bible, started reading the Koran, and has been talking about moving to Jordan with her 3 y/o along with this man she has met. Please help us pray that the love of her family would abound to her, and be a light of Jesus Christ's love, as the Holy Spirit pierces deep into her heart and ours.

Grace and Peace,

At 8:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So she got a tatoo?? Is that correct?

At 9:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seize the Day - For it is the day that the Lord hath made!

At 9:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

seize the day and take every opportunity to share Christ


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