The funny thing about mission trips is you always go thinking you’re doing someone a favor. It’s impressive isn’t? That we would take seven days of our time, raise our own support, risk having to pay from our own account if we don’t meet our goal…
and we, leave so much behind, don’t we?
and we, give up so much… don’t we?
Or do we?
Imagine a week without picking up your phone to see if you have a missed call or a text message… Always looking down, then back up, then down again… Then getting frustrated because you really do wish you could live without your phone. But you can’t. That’s not how life works here.
And that’s ok. I don’t think cellphones are bad, and I don’t think Twitter is bad, or Facebook, or make up, or really any of the things, any of those things that we leave behind when we go.
But you know what’s good? Leaving behind all the ducks that are in a row and not looking back to see if they stay that way. It feels good to let go. And sometimes the only way to let go… is to go. And I’m not saying that’s a reason to go on a mission trip.
…but it just happens. Every time. We learn not to cling so tight to life. Jesus told us not to do that, anyways, right?
Jesus said that those who cling to their life will lose it, and those who lose their life, will find it.
It seems we’ve become too good at building, too good at gaining, too good at clinging, too good at earning, and I was just thinking that we really should start to wonder what it looks like to lose,
if we ever want to find.
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”
Jim Elliot (martyr)