This past week I was in Austin with our JH students on a mission trip. My particular crew was assigned to the Georgetown Housing Authority. Our task was basically to assist and socialize with the elderly residents living there. In the mornings we would work and the afternoons we’d hang out in the Senior Center and play games. Doesn’t sound much like mission work does it?
Actually, something I’ve learned over the last couple of years of mission work as well as in life in general – it’s all about the relationships we develop and maintain.
Anyone can go in and rebuild, plant flowers, paint, construction etc.
But who can go in and have a real conversation?
Who can talk about how Christ has worked in their life?
Who can share a smile and an afternoon of undivided attention?
That was our real mission. To share time with the residents of GHA.
As is most often the case, they shared more with me than the other way around. Being with them, sharing their stories and hearing about their lives, I was reminded once again how very short, precious and temporary is our life. And how I’ve GOT to live EACH and EVERY DAY to it’s fullest! But I’ve also got to remember who I serve and why. I serve a mighty, sovereign God because I was created to glorify Him. A life well lived is one serving Him.
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. James 4:13-17