I'll be attending the March for Life in Washington, DC.
In my entire life, I have never attended any political rally, speech, march, demonstration, protest, sit-in, sing-in or love-in. Maybe I'd have gone if it were an 'eat chocolate, drink coffee and talk about it-in', but I'm not sure that's a thing.
In any event, I've always been the armchair commentator.
You know, the one to talks back to the tv news or scrunches up their face at the newspaper article? Yeah, that's been me - knowing what I think and believe, but never daring to step out and speak up or be seen, with the exception of what I write and share on social media.
It's really easy to hide behind a computer screen - we see a lot of that every day, don't we?
Some may say that because I write about my pro-life views, because I post, tweet and share my support for all life from conception to grave that I'm not hiding.
But in my heart, I know it's exactly what I've been doing.
And it stops tomorrow.
Truthfully, I suppose that when tomorrow is done, I still won't have attended a political function.
To me, the March For Life represents at it's core, a HEART issue, not a political one.
It's a march for the hearts of our nation.
The March For Life is necessary because collectively and individually, our hearts have turned to stone.
We have become consumed by our selfishness and pride as we say "ME first!" "MY choice!" "MY life!"
We refuse to recognize that the LIFE we are foolishly idolizing is a gift to us.
We are not guaranteed our next breath, yet we demand to inhale and exhale by standards we've chosen.
We forget that our lives have a purpose and meaning beyond our own selfish desires.
And in doing so, we ignore the truth that our calling is to love.
To Love God and love people.
And because we ignore our calling, the only life we value is our own.
In our society, many would consider my views to be radical.
And I will agree in part because of this fact:
18 years ago, my heart was radically changed by Jesus Christ.
Jesus, the life-giver, turned my heart of stone into a heart of flesh and gave me back my life from the pit I had drug it into.
A life that I now willingly choose to live for him.
Doesn't it strike you as odd that living life as a Christ-follower is considered RADICAL?
Having a belief that all LIFE is sacred is RADICAL?
I confess, I can't fully comprehend that thinking.
Not anymore anyway.
Many of you have read my story, you know about the abortion choices I made a lifetime ago, and I pray every day that you now see Christ in me instead of the broken and lost soul I was before.
I'm here to tell you that if Jesus chose to love ME, chose to die for ME, chose to rescue ME - with my past and my foolish, selfish choices and my shame, then he surely wants to do the same for you.
To change your heart and allow it to beat again.
In October of 2016, I was given the privilege of sharing my story with my church family.
I've attached the recording for you here:
Listen to it and see the reality of how God can work miracles in even the hardest and most broken hearts.
Share it with someone who may need to hear it. I have no secrets anymore - there is great freedom in that. We all know someone who needs to be free today. Let what God did in my life speak truth into theirs - and yours.
Abortion is wrong. It is a great evil lie that we as a society have chosen to believe is a right.
It's the defining tragedy of our time.
But the greatest tragedy of all are the hearts who choose to refuse the truth of the God who created them. Who refuse to embrace the love and forgiveness he so freely offers. Who choose their heart of stone instead of the heart that beats full from the life-giver, Jesus.
This is #WhyIMarch tomorrow - praying that you will exchange your hearts of stone for ones that beat for LIFE.
If you are in the Washington, DC area tomorrow and would like to join the March For Life, here is a link to their website for all the official information.
It was just announced this morning that our new Vice-President, Mike Pence, will be addressing the marchers - the first time ever for our nation.
Come out and join me, join us. If you cannot, then pray. Pray that God will heal our hearts and that he will heal our land.