It’s amazing how fast time can pass by. For instance, One Twenty Seven has been active for two months, now. I know for all four of us this has been an amazing opportunity for growth. We wanted to challenge others to take action for orphans and widows and, in the process, received the opportunity to grow much in this area ourselves. That being said, this post is a little different from the others because this post is a “goodbye”, as this is the end of active posting on One Twenty Seven.
However, this is not the end of our purpose or God’s call on all of our lives. I think it’s only fitting to end where we began all of this, going back to James 1:27:
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
This verse was our inspiration for this blog, from our title to the heart behind our posts. Even though we will no longer be actively building content here on One Twenty Seven, that does not negate or minimize this call. I know for me–and I think our entire team–that is something that we will be walking away from this project with and hope that you too will recognize.
It’s the end of another academic year. For us as college students, that means a lot of things. For some of us, it means relaxation and family time. For others, it may mean forty hour work weeks to cover next year’s tuition. Some may be headed off to new cities or even countries for internships, study abroad, and mission trips. For me, this year’s end brings graduation and the start of a whole new chapter.
One of my all-time favorite quotes comes from Jim Elliot, a missionary to the Auca indians
who was killed trying to share the Gospel with them. Elliot wrote, “Wherever you are, be all there.” Beautiful. Simple. To the point. We as writers and you as readers all have different paths laid out for us by God. He has different plans to use us in different ways, but he is calling every single one of us to be serving orphans and widows as we pursue the paths he puts in front of us. By investing ourselves and preparing our hearts for God to use us, we will be ready to serve and make a difference wherever we are led. Look around. God is going to open doors for you to minister. Be aware and be willing to walk through them in faith.
While we’re sad to see the One Twenty Seven project end, we are excited to see how God will use the readers and writers of this blog in the future. It is time to put all we have talked about into practice and love orphans and widows every day of our lives.
In Christ’s Love,
Anna & the entire One Twenty Seven staff