I listened as a friend shared stories after just returning from a mission trip to the Amazon. He was passionate and excitedly talking, flowing from one story to the next. Then, he said something that really caught me. He said, “When you are on a mission trip, I think you are the very best you.” He went on to elaborate, “You get up in the morning without any distractions, you open your Bible, you get your coffee, you spend time just with the Lord. Then, throughout the day, you are focused on what God has called you to that day. You see people differently. You love well and want the best for those on your team. It is just the very best you.”
As I have pondered his statement, I think he is right. I know this guy well. I have seen God transform him from someone who was on the sidelines spiritually – just sitting back and watching – to someone God is using today to make a huge impact for the Kingdom. It has been amazing to see his growth and leadership, and I believe that missions has been a huge part of God’s story in him. Moving from this life of fear to a life of faith on mission trips has translated and impacted every area of his life. He is more bold and passionate about the things of God in his every day.
This is why I am so passionate about everyone going on an international mission trip at some point in their spiritual journey. You simply can’t come back and live the same. You see the way the rest of the world lives, and you realize that God has blessed you, not simply for you to accumulate more and more stuff, but so that you can be a blessing to others. You go to help people – and you do. But, in the process, you discover so much about you – the very best you. And, what living as the very best you can do in your life every day.
Imagine waking up each day and starting the day off with the Lord. Imagine the impact of filling your mind and heart with prayer and Scripture before you fill your mind with social media. Imagine committing your day to God and asking Him to accomplish His will through you, and not just your own agenda. Imagine seeing people around you and your first response being to love them. Imagine encouraging your teammates – family, co-workers, friends and helping them experience the best. Imagine being the very best you.
After my recent mission trip to Moldova, we landed in the States. My first reaction was to turn on my phone. Immediately my social media feed filled up with posts about the election. I felt my mind shift from seeing God working to being concerned about, as the Bible calls it, “the cares of this world.” I felt the shift from faith back to fear and concern. I had just experienced this incredible time of seeing God transform lives, and I had a decision to make – do I leave the very best me on the mission field or do I choose to live that way every day?
What if we started to live our lives on mission? What if we made every day count for God’s goodness and His glory? What if we started our day in the Word and in prayer, then committed to live His agenda for the day and not our own, if we loved everyone we met with the love of Christ and we helped bring out the best in those around us? Think about the impact. Think about the difference in the lives of others, but in our life as well. This is the way Jesus lived, and this is why the Bible tells us, “For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son…” Romans 8:29.
Yes, we are surrounded by distractions – we have an enemy who doesn’t want us to succeed, we have social media that can be a blessing, yet also a curse, we have jobs to do, bills to pay, and errands to run. However, if we begin to live our life, each and every day, on mission, I know we start to truly experience the very best you and me. We become more at peace with ourselves, our strivings and others. We experience fullness and purpose. We draw closer to the heart of God and His love simply overflows out of us. This is “Christ in us, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27.
This is: The very best you.
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