Last night we were able to get two couples together, one, Thomas and Laura home from the field for a short furlough and Josh and Bethany heading to the same country in a few months. . It was encouaging to watch them interact and hear the excitment in voice as they shared their hearts. Ace and I were encouraged that we could be a part of it as Member Care Reps. We talked about how hard it was to share our hearts even with Christians at times. One of the couples said, they just don't get it. Another said it's sad when you have been gone for two years and meet up with your old friends again and there is no excitment over what God is doing in their life let alone in other countries.
Being back in the states for a little over a year we have gained some understanding of what these couples were talking about. Your heart wants your family and friends to "get it, the vision you have that would make you leave your comforts and give of yourself to those tucked back in some remote place. If you had been in our living room listening to them you would realize they know they are not special people but the God they serve is able to use ordianary people. It's not our hearts to guilt someone into giving or even going but at least to be excited to hear some of what God is doing. One thing I have learned I can never be excited if I am not growing myself. These clip keep me aware of what is going on beyond my world even though we will not get to serve overseas again due to my husbands heart issues neither one of us want to lose the vision to reach the whole world.
The closer we get to God calling us home the harder the enemy works to discouraged us. When we are focus on ourselves or our trials we will not be a witness. This new year I believe will require more prayer for those willing to reach beyond their world whether it's across the street or in another country. More prayers needs to be lifted up for each other as we all face our daily battles. Abuntant prayers for strength, wisdom and a willing heart, for us to catch God vision for the lost everywhere.