Living It.

Key Verse: But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:26-27.

“It” is life. When we fail to make long-lasting change in our lives (and everyone does), it is that we we fail to create a new habit. But the reason why we fail to create a new habit is because retain our original framework of understanding. This framework is made up of how we view the world, ourselves, God, our church community, family, etc.

Like many big life events, serving cross-culturally tinkers with our personal framework. Our perspectives shift, a little twist here, something extra there — and we are literally able to see differently while standing in the same place. Remember the session about Courage?

There are clues your framework is shifting. Perhaps you notice:

  • A payday lending sign at the mini-storage facility near your work.
  • “Suddenly” a woman in a head-scarf waiting for the bus every day on your route to work (she’d been there all along).
  • The benches outside your office building are designed so that someone can’t lie down on them.
  • The coffee shop clerk’s jewelry has special meaning
  • Medicine is extremely expensive

Likewise, you see familiar people and things differently:

  • The size of our church buildings
  • The pavement on our streets
  • The warmth of our hospitality
  • The topics of our arguments.

When we truly seek to integrate our mission life into our regular life, we realize that the world doesn’t work how we thought it did and most certainly not like how we think it should. We may have moments of panic when this happens. Imagine getting into your car and turning the steering wheel to the left out of your driveway, but your car turns right. Complete openness to God’s work in our lives can be that way.

Jesus says these words in John’s Gospel (John 14) when preparing the disciples for a huge framework shift (his death and resurrection!):

26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

The disciples still panic. They don’t do everything right. But they don’t bumble, wonder, experiment, and hope alone.

Right now, take out a piece of paper and create a timeline. Draw 16 tick-marks that represent months. Put your mission trip on month two. So that last tick-mark represents next month, and you guessed it, the second to last mark is this month.
Thinking back over the past year or so, create a timeline of what you’ve seen, learned, experienced, hoped, and wondered about. This can be a big project so you might want to do this exercise your journal. You can just grab a piece of scratch piece of paper or a napkin. The main thing is to get started.

Give your timeline a title. If you’ve recognized a theme or two, that should be the title.

 

 

Jesus says these words in John’s Gospel (John 14) when preparing the disciples for a huge framework shift (his death and resurrection!):

26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

The disciples still panic. They don’t do everything right. But they don’t bumble, wonder, experiment, and hope alone.

Right now, take out a piece of paper and create a timeline. Draw 16 tick-marks that represent months. Put your mission trip on month two. So that last tick-mark represents next month, and you guessed it, the second to last mark is this month.
Thinking back over the past year or so, create a timeline of what you’ve seen, learned, experienced, hoped, and wondered about. This can be a big project so you might want to do this exercise your journal. You can just grab a piece of scratch piece of paper or a napkin. The main thing is to get started.

Give your timeline a title. If you’ve recognized a theme or two, that should be the title.