How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those
who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
- Isaiah 52:7
Have you ever sat down and thought about the lengths in which Christ went through in His life, death, and resurrection, all in our favor and for the immense love He has for us? It is truly incredible when you put it into perspective, there is no depth of love that compares to that. Recognizing that kind of unconditional love and the complete selfless acts of service leads my heart to a fullness that wants to share that Great News with the world.
I experienced the sudden loss of my dad as a very young girl that has undeniably been a story along my journey meant for much greater things. Losing a parent at any age is a difficult situation to navigate, but as a young child, it is something that can isolate you, bring a sadness no child should have to endure, and raise questions no child should have ask.
I came to a point in my journey of grief to choose to use the pain of tragically losing a parent for serving others who relate to my story in recognizing the need for the fatherless to know their worth and feel the kind of unconditional love found in Christ. That is my heart. That is my mission. I have take on multiple service opportunities both locally and globally that focus on the very need of serving the fatherless because I can empathize with a piece of their story.
I truly believe God uses your lowest points to find an inner strength and purpose beyond yourself. Everyone experiences hardship, it is what you choose to do with that hardship that defines the rest of your journey.
When you choose to use a painful situation for a purpose, you are allowing yourself to become mission minded. You know the pain, yet you recognize the purpose within that and you are making a conscious decision to serve with a mission minded heart.
Sometimes we have a tendency to get caught up in false ideas that in order to make a meaningful difference we have to serve internationally, have a large social media following or have the financial means to donate lots of money to charitable organizations. While God may call us to some of these things, and He commands us to “go to all nations,” the way we love others around the world may look different than someone else.
It’s so important to remember that being mission minded is something that will radiate outwardly wherever you are. There are multiple opportunities on a daily basis to serve someone directly in your path today at your job, in your classroom, at home or out running errands. Keep your eyes open for those moments to selflessly jump in and say, “I’m all in God.”
Let’s all choose to use that very thing that tries to break us for a greater purpose. Identify the need and act on it, locally and globally.
1. Identify a need within your own community, or internationally, that you feel passionate about and sign up to volunteer. Sometimes that will mean going outside of your comfort zone. I promise you will immediately feel uplifted and encouraged with that selfless move.
2. When you consider how Jesus served others and continued to love others unconditionally, how does that change your mission minded mindset?
God, as I walk through the valley of hardship, help me to see the door of opportunity to use my story to serve those around me. I am constantly in awe of Your unconditional love I receive each and everyday through all of life’s ups and downs. With You, I have the strength to turn my hardship into hope and use that for a greater purpose. I love You. Thank You for walking with me and carrying me through the storms that emerge but allowing the light to shine through. In Your name I pray, Amen.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. - Romans 15:13
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