This last post about the Incentive and Mission Trip is an extra one.
When I was writing about this experience, I realized that you may have some “what ifs” and I will attempt to help you with those right now. You still many have some “what ifs” and if that’s the case then contact me and I can try to answer those for you!
- What if I don’t do mission trips? What if I don’t get the opportunity to do those?
Believe me when I tell you, Carlos and I don’t normally get to do them either. We don’t consider ourselves missionaries by any means. If you are like us, most of the time our lives are filled with mundane tasks but be careful not to be defined by the mundane. God is still working through your life and work.
Carlos and I got this opportunity through his job and this trip. We wouldn’t necessarily been the first ones to raise our hands – there are a lot of logistics involved in leaving kids for a week. BUT I’m so glad we leaped on this opportunity.
At some point you have to stop overanalyzing every little thing and just do something, just take the leap.
“Blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey it” – Luke 11: 28
- What if I’m too busy to do that type of stuff?
We are all busy. I wouldn’t necessarily be the first one to volunteer to leave my kids for a week to go to another country. It was tough, y’all. Carlos and I knew this was probably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and trip, so we had to do it.
Believe me when I tell you that “that type of stuff” is available everywhere. In your own community there are people hurting and aching for blessings and the Word of God. All it takes is a leap, some Google searches for local ministries, soup kitchens, clothing needs, etc.
You have a gift. Whether it be compassion, monetary, too many things, time, a skilled trade, or a willingness to love for others. You have a gift.
Also, this needs to be mentioned: if you can’t give your time, but can afford to give money – that’s perfectly acceptable. On this particular mission, the vision could not have been accomplished with gracious donors. The families could not have been blessed with all the clothing, housing necessities, cleaning products, and groceries had it not been for the gracious monetary gifts that many people had given. So that’s okay if you can’t give time.
Maybe you can’t give time or money in your particular season. Then offer up some prayers. I’m telling you, we all have a gift – and we can choose to use or neglect that gift. God gave us free will to choose how we live our lives. But YOU most certainly have a gift.
“Do not neglect the gift you have” – Timothy 4: 14
Find small ways to give your gift.
Maybe you can’t do a mission in another country, maybe you don’t have time right now to volunteer in your community, maybe you are hesitant to take a leap. Fine, that’s fine.
You can still be a light of Christ. Every time you show a smile to an individual in a busy grocery store, every time you let someone cut in front of you in traffic or in any line for that matter, and every time you show gratitude and gratefulness – you can be a light.
Choose to be a light.
Your mission may not be someone else’s mission – and that’s okay. But you can still be an example of God’s love to everyone – no matter how busy you are, no matter what your vocation or “calling” is. Be an example of God’s love to everyone – not just those who look like you, think like you, or talk like you – everyone.
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