“I have fire kindling inside of me, a tremendous sense of urgency for [everyone] to hear the message, the solution to the longing inside of their souls to get in touch with a living breathing God, who has a purpose for their lives.” (My journal-May 1998)
My journal entry from over 14 years ago included some goals. I liked them then, I like them now. Here are the top 10 life lessons learned on a short-term mission trip.
- Find a mentor – praying for a radical leader who “walks the talk”
- No lone rangers – appreciated the Body of Christ as expressed in team
- Jesus transforms lives – renewed faith in the power of a life transformed
- Prayer is for me – practiced prayer for others, and witnessed physical healing
- Develop my gifts – learned to enjoy communication, cross-cultural relations and leadership
- Our denomination has a unique role – acquired a love for the Mennonite Brethren family of churches worldwide
- Surrender it all – reshuffled life priorities, it’s all His
- God’s Really Real – developed a deeper intimacy with a living, speaking God!
- Others need to hear – grew a sense of urgency to tell other about Jesus
- Called to serve – confirmed my calling to discipleship and mission
Jesus was calling me to a life-long journey of trust and radical risk taking obedience. These convictions remain as strong today as ever. Life has deepened and widened them.
Jesus is on a mission to build his church around the world. Our life is short…if we wait, we chance missing out.
What life lesson would you add to this list?