I had the amazing privilege of travelling to Estonia, Sweden, Finland, and Poland to meet with national church leaders and some dedicated missionaries. I have been inspired, challenged,
humbled, and stimulated. I’m processing so much right now — what the needs are, what are key actions that would reap the greatest results, when should we move and how, etc. I am thrilled to see that God is already at work in many of these regions. Even though a small remnant of true believers remain, there is hope for a productive Kingdom-building future. God often takes the “3oo Gideon soldiers” to accomplish mind-blowing and God-honoring achievements. I’m praying that He will do that here.
After returning home two days ago, I needed to leave for a five day trip today. Shane literally routed me out of bed this morning at 5:15 to go have a Bible study with him at Dunkin Donut before I left on my next adventure. Ok–so it’s confession time. I really didn’t want to do it. After all, I was tired from doing God’s work, I needed my rest while dealing with major jet-lag, and what would one Bible study do anyway?
Thank you, Shane! What a highlight! We had an wonderful time talking about fresh insights we’ve had in the Word recently…and how that applies to our lives right now. It was THE BEST! And I get to do this with my own son. It’s no exaggeration to say that God met me in the donut shop this morning. His face looked my son’s face…His voice like Shane’s too.
I was reminded of how easy it is to be so busy doing good things, but overlook doing the necessary things–like nuturing my relationship with God. Shane had lots of new things God had been speaking to him about. I was–well–not so full. And I realized that I had not spent real good quality time in the Word in quite some time. I have been humbled. Again.
So here’s the deal: A person can travel all over the world doing God’s work, but fail to let God do His work in him. I never want to run on fumes. Know what I mean? I never want to minister out of emptiness, but instead, to always have a cup that overflows. I know this is God’s plan for me. For you too!
Thanks, Shane, for a great lesson today.