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Missions: Better

When I was growing up, we never left the house without my mom giving us a “talking to.” We always knew exactly what behaviors she expected to see from us while we were out. It was basically a rundown of the rules/etiquette we needed to follow. One of her biggest rules was that we clean up after ourselves when we’re a guest at someone’s house. She always made sure we knew we were never to leave a mess for someone else to clean up, and we should always leave things better than when we arrived. This meant we should be a help, and not a burden to our hosts. Regardless of whether we were at the home of friends or family, my mom would be right there, rolling up her sleeves to help, and assigning us jobs. Her example set the standard to always ask for a job, before someone asked you to do it. As an adult I often catch myself giving my own children these same talks every time we leave the house.
                These lessons from my childhood were my mom’s way of teaching me to be someone who put others first. She wanted her children to be known for their service and not their selfishness. This same mindset is the very heart of mission work. In 1 Thessalonians 2:9 Paul says, “Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you.” When we are out in the mission field, we are taking on this same role of “guest.”  We are visitors in people homes, lives, and cultures. The work that we do should always be centered on enhancing their lives. Nothing we do should ever take away or be burdensome. The focus of that work should be to lift others up first, and a reflection of Christ’s love. Ephesians 2:10 tells us that service is at the heart of our creation. “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” We cannot leave this world better than we came into it if we’re not willing to put in the work – the very work we were put on this earth to do. This work begins with those closest to us (neighbors, communities, etc.). Observe those around you. Ask God for the clarity to recognize someone in need, and then the wisdom to know how best to fulfill that need. Make it your mission to make life a little better for someone else.