I remember a book I read in college that referenced this story, and this woman giving up her most valuable possession for Christ, and I challenged me to think of what I would give up out of complete devotion for Jesus. In moving to Honduras, people could say I have given up a lot, and for a while, I saw it that way, too. But this story challenges me to look more positively and see not the things I have "given up," but the things I have been given in coming here. I have been given the chance to serve God using my passion for teaching like I would never be allowed to in a public school in the States. I have been given incredible and encouraging friendships with people I never would have met if I had stayed in the States. I have been given a new outlook on life, that it is not MY life, but HIS.
The song in the title is a Spanish worship song, and the chorus roughly translates to:
I want to fall more in love with You
Teach me to love and to live
According to Your justice and Your truth
With my life I want to worship
With all that I have and all that I am
All that I've been I give to You
May my life be for You
Like a perfume at Your feet.
It's a lot prettier in Spanish, but you get the point. My life is the perfume I daily lay at the feet of Jesus out of love for Him, and it's not a waste. And its moments like this that remind me just how blessed I am to be here:
What perfume are you bringing to His feet?