Discovery (When I…)

You’ve been developing a new framework for your life— New ideas here. Little experiments with different behaviors there. Shortly after your mission trip, you began receiving Mission Life devotions. Each lesson has been designed to help you build tools for hearing what God would have for you and your life this year and the years following. Let’s review these lessons in Courage, Wonder, Gratefulness, Courage, Generosity, Kindness, Joy, and Life:

  • I am finding “wow” experiences in life so that we can experience wonder, inspiration, and curiosity.
  • I am viewing my presence as a gift to those around me.
  • I am resisting the grind.
  • I am turning situational gratefulness into a grateful state of being.
  • I am looking for godly adventures.
  • I am taking tiny steps despite my doubts, fears and anxieties.
  • I am borrowing courage when I need it and loaning courage when I have it.
  • I’m doing the hard work of moving kindness to the front burner (including kindness to myself!).
  • I’m pacing myself because life is a marathon.
  • I’m letting the pleasure of happiness be the clues to finding my joy.
  • I can remember a moment when I felt completely content, including what needs of mine were being met.
  • I’m creating a timeline and identifying themes in my mission life adventure with examples.

This is not a checklist. This is not a to-do list. If you’ve haven’t been paying much attention to these devotionals - no worries. There are no extra points for getting any of these right. This list isn’t numbered. You will not be mailed a certificate or be presented with a plaque in front of your church. We’re not even giving you any priorities. This is simply a path to living a mission life. It’s not the only way to do it. It’s not the right way to do it. But this is a faithful way to do it, and if you have been paying particularly close attention over the past year, then you’re on the verge of something big!

Here’s your last experiment. It is not the something big - that’s something only you can discover. But we promise this will be very helpful. Take this previous bulleted list and add, “When I…” to the end of each phrase and finish the sentence. Take time to write it out .
Congratulations! You’ve just outlined your Mission Life autobiography! And now it’s time to land it. Below are prompts for the last sentences or paragraph of your award-winning non-fiction book:

I’ve let go of:
I’ve started:
With God’s help, I’m discovering that discerning this means: