When I heard that my church’s service would be devoted to a mission’s trip report, I initially dreaded it. I knew the team would show photos of the home they built for a needy family in Mexico and share how their own lives had been transformed in the process.
It wasn’t that I didn’t believe in the cause . . . or celebrate the great things that God had done through them.
It was because I couldn’t go with them.
My physical limitations keep me from taking on short-term (let alone long-term) mission assignments. Hearing others share about their amazing experiences (whether in person or via social media) can sometimes make me feel “less than,” left out, and longing to do more.
There are so many things I would do, if only I could . . . GOOD things, that would help meet the overwhelming spiritual and physical needs in the world. Yet, more often than not, I have to say “no” to opportunities to serve.
“No,” to pounding nails in Mexico. “No,” to traveling to an Operation Christmas Child warehouse. “No,” to overnight shifts at the local homeless shelter.
Then I discovered something I could say “Yes” to! Continue reading