OK to be human

The picture says it all…

While traveling home from Malawi, South-East Africa this summer.  One member of my team lost her passport in Nairobi, Kenya (of all places…)  I stayed behind with her to sort out the issues and make sure she made it home safe.  This newspaper was sitting on the floor in front of my hotel room in Nairobi near the US Consulate…  It’s little things like this that remind me of how grateful I am to be an American.  We don’t have to threaten our parents to get our children in school!  And we don’t need armed Guards with AK-47’s outside of our hotels to keep us safe at night!

Have you ever been on a short term mission’s trip?  Never been out of the country?  Feel called to be God’s hands and feet to the lost and hurting around the world?  Looking for an adventure?  It’s hilarious newspaper headlines while trying to sort out passport issues in Africa that bring adventure to life.

Consider joining me on my next short term missions trip!  It could just help shape the rest of your life in a very good way.  Guaranteed to be an epic adventure.  Guaranteed to be an incredible blessing to both you and the Children you will serve or your money back (give me a call for details).  …And I will personally guarantee your safety (I already have one accomplishment in this regard…  🙂   )

A note from daily devotions

Scripture from Luke 22:

41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,

42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

Observation:

Here we see Jesus being very…  well…  human.  At this point, he knew his purpose.  He knew that he was born not to be served, but to serve…  To give up his life as a ransom for many.  …but like any other reasonable person, he did not want to suffer.  He did not want to go through the torture.

We are taught that in the beginning there was the Word and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All at once, this “Word”, this “light” asks humbly that there might be some other way, while already knowing the answer.

Jesus: the essential picture of human paradox.

Application:

I get frustrated with myself sometimes.  My own human frailty.  My own weakness.  I fail often.  I like to think this is because I have set the bar so high…  But what of that?

When I succeed in accomplishing what I have set out to accomplish, I often second guess myself: my motives, my objectives.  Do my wishes line up with God’s?

…But I don’t have to.  Jesus, who was Himself God, spent much of His life in prayer.  God, only gave himself about 30 years on earth, and of this 30 years, he spent a huge portion of this time in prayer.

Perhaps, this was God’s way of coping with being human.

If God himself needed to ask one of the other three for advice, then how much more should I?

Perhaps, this should be my way of coping with being human as well.

Prayer brings my desires in alignment with God’s.

 

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