Wednesday, July 15, 2015

life- missions

--It's funny because I wrote this one year ago, and I couldn't describe what I want from life right now any better than I have wrote it then. --

When people ask me what I want to do with my life, sometimes I don't know what to say. I don't want to be a teacher, a lawyer, or a doctor. I don't want to be a policeman, an Olympic athlete, or even an EMT, I want to follow God around the world. So they say “Oh you want to be a missionary”- thus comes the cliche- wow your gonna marry a pastor and go live in Africa, homeschool your vegetarian children and wear long skirts every day- and oh ya they ask me- “How are you gonna make enough money to be a missionary?” Are you even going to be able to support your children? Why are you so irresponsible? All you want to do is travel the world they say.. you'll never save the orphans.

I don't want to travel around the world to live in nice places or see luxorious sights. I don't want to go to Africa because I believe I can save little babies and be some kind of superhero. I don't want to be in the midst of an African War. Nor do I enjoy living in filth, having lice, and living in the midst of serious sickness and disease. But I do want to help people around the world because I know that I have more than them. I know that God blessed me with abundance so that I may give.

What is abundance you say? Abundance is more food than I can eat at one meal, more clothes than I need for one week, more shoes than three kids will have in a year. Abundance is relative and so is wealth. Many Americans feel they are lower or middle class but fail to realize they are richer than 70% of the world and that many people live on less than $1 every day.

I don't know if I want to spend my entire life living in a foreign country. I definitely want to give my children the opportunity to live in both a foreign land as well as America. I definitely don't want to live the American Dream lifestyle and live a life of comfort and economical stability in the United States. I want to travel the world, have a small family, and help less fortunate and children around the world who are not as blessed as I was.

I care a lot about the health ministry: nutrition, clean water and food, access to medical care, and treatment for preventable diseases. I love mission trips and various non profits. I would love to get an internship with World Vision and see more of how they work. I think disaster relief would be extremely cool.

I'm not exactly sure where I'm headed in life- maybe into some sort of missionary life. I know it won't be easy, and I'm not so naive that I believe traveling the world will always be fun. I know there are serious risks, health concerns, and hazards. I know that I will be living in poverty and that my family will probably not be stable at all times.

Despite the challenges, I feel addicted and called to service. I want to live a life I won't regret later. I don't know exactly what I want to do with my life but I know I want to follow God around the world.

Right now I'm pursuing nursing and a masters degree in Global Community Development.

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