Friday, January 20, 2012

Torches

Now that we have our work permit we are fighting to temptation to DIVE into work head first.  At least I am...Luis is more easy going than me, which is why we balance each other and are happily married after 10 years!  LOL  All God has told us to do is walk the streets every Wednesday and pray.  DONE!  Simple enough! 

Had a good chat with my DAWLING friend Amy today.  We were talking about how so many of us missionaries get involved in the project and forget the people.  Because we are surrounded by so many people who are doing so many great works, it is easy to try to find a project to get involved in.  To be honest with you, it is easy!  I mean, WE ARE IN AFRICA FOR PETE AND PITY'S SAKE!  You wanna work with marganilised children, EASY, just walk three blocks down and you will find them!  You wanna work with AIDS patients, simply walk into the local clinic and volunteer.  You wanna work with orphans.  Take your pick of orphanages.  The project isn't the issue, it is the individual person!!! Amy was just asked what her vision for Zambia was and she said "I don't have a VISION, my heart is to help and serve the people!  If I can help you build a vbs I will, if I can help you develop a sunday school program I will." 

I think she nailed it!  Is my vision to simply serve or to make a name for myself?   Do I spend my time with street kids because it looks good on a monthly report or because it is God's will for my life?  Are we willing to do the thankless and un-noticeable for the glory of God? 

This was read last night at our Bible Study and it shook me to the bones.  I don't want to end up in torment because I got ahead of God and didn't wait for him to light my torch.  

Isaiah 50:10-11

New International Version (NIV)
 10 Who among you fears the LORD
   and obeys the word of his servant?
Let the one who walks in the dark,
   who has no light,
trust in the name of the LORD
   and rely on their God.
11 But now, all you who light fires
   and provide yourselves with flaming torches,
go, walk in the light of your fires
   and of the torches you have set ablaze.
This is what you shall receive from my hand:
   You will lie down in torment.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing, always good stuff, I mean it!

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  2. Our ministry was started with prayer walks, very seemingly ordinary and nothing notable or special happened. Until one day, boom, God showed us exactly what he wanted us to do.

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