Future Me

Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Today I received a letter in the mail addressed to "Future Matthew Kelling." See, when we were in Washington DC on our mission trip, we wrote a letter to our future selves. Here is the letter that I wrote to myself:

Dear Future Matthew,

I know you won't remember this feeling, but I will try to personify it. I am still sad at having to leave Marcia. She still breaks my heart. Remember that God calls us to serve the poor, so go out of your way to help them. Get Chick-fil-A sandwiches for those at the day labor sites. (get Matt to give you a discount!)

I feel lonely, but not all in a bad way. I want to serve Christ with all that I am, with all that I do, no matter the cost to myself! I want to figure out life (whatever that means!). I feel a lack of joy, but not a "joy" of happiness with money or a "joy" of having things. I lack joy in Christ, which is hard to say being a lifelong Christian. I lack actions, thoughts, and emotions that would lead me to a joy in Christ. FIND THIS JOY! Find this joy and surround yourself with love and friendship. Happiness is temporary, joy is eternal.

Rest. Sleep in Christ. This world can't be everything. When you are down, turn to Christ to lift you back up.

May God be in you and bless you.

~Past Matthew

P.S. Give Todd a hard time about "Awkward T. Rex"!


Matt said...

Good reminders. Don't forget that the joy and peace that we get in Christ Jesus surpasses all understanding... which means that we can't understand it. I know it seems obvious, but I can't tell you how many times I have caught myself trying to figure out the joy and peace that God gives us in Christ and why I don't seem to have it sometimes.