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Is it possible that that our Christian service can be become, albeit inadvertently, about us, rather than for others? In an era where selfies--often polished to perfection--rule the roost, is our identity rooted in our selves or still immersed in Christ?
There are days when I feel guilty for taking my kids away from their country and their family to live here in Central Asia. But it’s on these days that I need to remind myself that God loves my kids so much more than I do. He's called us here as a family. God is doing a work in my kids’ lives.
After the glamour and glitz of moving wears off and the hype and excitement of living in a new country dies down, the realization of the magnitude of what just happened hits like a ton of bricks. In order to move forward, you have to acknowledge things are different than they once were. Life is different now, and you have to adjust accordingly. But that's hard.
I had been on six short-term trips, and when I finally became a “real worker,” I thought I was ready to serve. Since then, however, God has used a variety of experiences and people around me to teach me some important lessons.
For yet another year, I will take up the challenge of thanking Him for the things I have, living a life that forgets the could-haves. Maybe this year, thankfulness will settle a bit deeper into my heart, and I will remember for a minute longer each day.
Being here on the mission field on the far reaches of the earth, we catch glimpses of the amazing things God is doing. But if we're perfectly honest, most days can be a slog. It’s hard, keep-your-head-down work. There are days that suck our energy and leave us shattered and empty, and we wonder why we're here doing what we're doing in the first place and if we're really making much difference at all.
When did it become acceptable in our movement’s culture to preach unity in diversity out of one side of our mouth and mock out of the other side? Are we not called to display Kingdom culture, regardless of our cultural heritage? Whenever I speak to new OM recruits, I tell them, “Never be ashamed of where you come from. You have something unique to contribute. Your cultural heritage is part of your story.”