August 11, 2012

At the end of a sermon last Sunday, I referenced James 1:2-4 “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

I couldn’t believe I took the time to preach on patience, but I have found that I’ve waited for so many things in my life far more than I ever expected. The amount of time it took me to find this call to be a missionary is one of them. One of the most beautiful (and frustrating) things about it is that it encompasses my entire life. 

I then thought about friends in the 4 or so years before I became a missionary doing the same: choosing to leave their jobs to raise support. In my mind, it always seemed like such a step down. I’m not going to lie, it is a financial step down. But, there are major reasons, it is a huge step up: 

1. God exalts you to all you’re meant to be. I am using every talent, every bit of time, everything in this “job”. I am fulfilled by it in ways that teaching didn’t touch. God cares about me so much more than what I do 9-5. He is there all the hours of the day, even when I’m asleep.

2. I get to prioritise other, more eternal things over money. I learn what it is to make time for relationships and art. I also get to see God come through in my finances. And the further I go, the more I get to trust Him. And, it works.

3. I find that I am more confident and more myself, which lets me know that God does want me to lack nothing.

These principles don’t only apply to career missionaries or ministers. If you do work a 9-5, God sees you more than what your boss, your family and even your dearest friends see. He sees you as a whole person, and He’s going to work on you to help you get there because He cares deeply about you.

Thank you, God for caring this much about me. I love and appreciate all that you’ve done and will continue to do through me.

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