My whole life has led to this announcement.
After many years of study, preparation, and seeking the Lord’s will for us, we firmly believe that the Lord is leading us to Thailand as full-time missionaries.
Many things have contributed to this decision and I think many people wonder how a person ends up headed to the mission field, so I am going to tell some of the big steps of how the Lord led me, and hopefully it will help someone.
By no means do I think that everyone is led in the same way, but I’m sure there will be some overlap.
We needed to learn some important lessons. I believe if the Lord hasn’t given you the direction that you seek, it is because you are not ready for it.
Here are 10 lessons over the past years that the Lord has had to teach me.
1. Ministry is lots of WORK – it is far more than emotional and spiritual highs. It is life.
2. I don’t know it all – A million situations have come up that I have learned from – and I was very glad that I was not the pastor in those moments.
3. I have lots of weaknesses – I did pretty good in the structure of college, but ministry in the real world has been a far bigger challenge. I have prepare every day for battle.
4. Do the job that is right before you to the best of your ability – Wherever you are, be all there. He that is faithful in that which is least, is faithful also in much. What I am doing today is preparation for tomorrow.
5. Don’t live in the future – with a dream to be doing something else in the future (be a missionary, for instance), a temptation is to not place importance on what is before you today. But todays tasks are all I have, and may be all the Lord ever gives.
6. Dont try to be someone that you are not – Someone else’s personality, ability, and job is not mine. My direction must come from Him.
7. Don’t compare yourself among yourselves – Its not wise.
8. Don’t live for the approval of others – You will end up doing a lot of things that you regret. I could have messed up very badly stepping out too early.
9. Trust how God uses authorities in your life to direct you – Good or bad in your eyes, the Lord has ordained them and clearly explains that they are there for your direction.
10. Trust God even when the vision isn’t clear – and you will be glad you did when it becomes clear.
I believe more than ever that the reason God doesn’t always give direction when I want it, is because He is not finished preparing me for the next step. I can’t explain to you the fight that went on in me for years trying to decide if I was made to be a missionary. And as I wrestled with these questions and the lack of answers, it slowed me down until the day the Lord made things clear.