Follow Up on Jeff’s Trip to Germany

I’m so glad I was able to go and be a part of the eDOT team earlier this month. Rather than write about it, I thought I’d try telling you about it. Please take a five minute break to hear my heart.

Code for Spring Break

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Code-a-Thons are a ministry of LightSys Technology Services where they invite college students majoring in computer science or engineering to spend their Spring Break writing code for missions. If you’ve heard of a Hackathon, pretty much the same thing.

Carpe Diem

Seize The DayThe Latin phrase Carpe Diem, means “seize the day.” Taking risks to make your life extraordinary is biblical, if done according to God’s plan and principles. The idea behind this comes from Ecclesiastes: “Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days” (Eccl 11:1).

Bread [see A Hint of Grain] acts as the symbol for substance in the ancient world; the author of Ecclesiastes is suggesting that we should follow God’s plan, even at the possible cost of our livelihood. He then suggests that what we give to God, He will return. This is opposite from a self-protection mentality. The “waters” in the proverb represent chaos, suggesting that in letting go of even the most chaotic circumstances, we learn about God’s ability to give what we need.

A Hint of Grain

Grain CroppedLast year Pastor Daniel at Mountain Springs taught about digging ditches. This was a profound message for us about preparing to receive the provision the Lord has promised. Imagine our surprise when this year Pastor Daniel returned to the same passage in 2nd Kings 3. This time he emphasized that now that those ditches have been dug, only the Lord can fill them. We’ve done the work, now comes the waiting on the miracle-working God who has promised to fill the ditches we’ve dug.

This year, the day before this message, the Lord brought me to Psalm 13:1 where David cries out “How long, O Lord?” I resonated with this verse because this road to Germany has been long. While sitting in the service the next day the Lord began knitting together 2nd Kings 3 and Psalm 13:1 and I heard a hint of the answer my heart longs to hear.

How do I know if I’m called to missions?

The following is from a blog I read occasionally.

We often hear people use some funny terminology when they talk about missions. It’s not uncommon to hear missionaries share, ”I was called to mission when…” It’s not uncommon for people to ask, “When did you feel called to missions?” and for Christians to question of themselves “Am I called to missions? How do I know?” And in discussions on missions we have often heard people quickly (and sometimes defensively) express, “I am SO not called to missions!”

Nowhere in Scripture is a mysterious (supernatural) call a prerequisite before we can respond to the Great Commission. The opposite is actually true.