Continuing on with Part 2 of G-Force #3: Grow…
For Part 1, on Greatness Starts Small and Responsibility is Key, please click here: GROW Says Potential – Part 1
Open Yourself to Advice
No one lives on an island. I do not mean that in a literal sense because of course there are islands with people on them. Instead, it is an illustration to say that we are all dependent on one another.
Even though missions work many times feels like we are on an island, isolated from the familiar things, we must realize that even on the mission field we must accept the perspective of others.
Growth is not automatic, but rather it is a process. The people around you will no doubt be involved in that process.
Have you ever heard of the “turtle on a fencepost” saying? It goes like this:
“Anytime you see a turtle up on top of a fence post, you know he had some help.” Alex Haley
These are some of the people we should definitely keep involved in our missions journey…
Our Pastor should always be involved in our lives. Before, during, and after your missions trip make sure your pastor knows what is happening. We should regularly seek his advice. Be open to his direction. Maybe you will not always agree with his advice, but God will always bless you for obeying.
Mentors. Why have a mentor if you will not ask them for advice? Make sure to heed theirs words of warning and encouragement.
Family and Friends. We sometimes forget the people that were there for us at the beginning. Our transition back to the States will go better if we keep our family and friends involved in our lives, and us in theirs, while we are on the mission field. Some may not understand why you chose to give up your former life for a life of sacrifice, but that is okay because this helps you understand that you are one of the willing few.
Fellow Missionaries. Unity on the “missions island” is important. Many times a small problem turns into a major problem, just because of the friction of suddenly living so close to unfamiliar people in an unfamiliar place. Remember, that ministry does not end when you come home from the local field that you are working in but it also extends to the barn with your fellow laborers; be an encourager.
Supervising Missionary. Keeping our supervising missionary involved with our life and ministry is crucial. Our goals and plans should tie into his/her vision for the country. Their missions experiences may give them a different perspective than you, but again God will always bless you for obeying.
If you want your missions experience to be positive and a time of growth then you will open yourself to advice.
Win Today and You Will Win the Future
“A river cuts through rocks, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” Jim Watkins
Just because growth is a process does not mean that you have all the time in the world. Today is a great time to start growing.
By following these principles you can start growing on your missions journey…
- Greatness starts small
- Responsibility is key
- Open yourself to advice
- Win today and you will win the future
Start by taking your daily devotion seriously. It seems like a small thing, but it so very important. The time you spend with the Lord effects EVERYTHING! Souls thousands of miles away are depending on you taking your daily devotion seriously. They need a man or lady prayed up, filled up, and with a word for them. How can we be these things unless we start “small” and unless we start today? Take on that responsibility today and stay faithful.
The Bible says this about starting today,
For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2 ESV
We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. John 9:4 ESV
We must be willing to start the growth process today! We must be willing to take responsibility for the day, weeks, and months ahead. Win today and you will win the future.
I hope this series has helped you along your missions journey. To read the other 3 articles in this series “G-Forces: Give, Go, and Grow,” please see the links below: