Thought for the Day: Some of the great moments in my ministry have been on Youth Mission Trips. There is always a need for caution – that we don’t get too much of a Messiah Complex – showing up as if we are there to rescue those in need. Mission Trips have been the most successful when the youth were able to step away from much of the other stuff that consumed them, and then felt as if they were able to be helpful…to work alongside others with a sense of purpose. So many youth would have described their faith as dead or on life support when the trip started, but by the time they put it to work in flood relief, building a medical clinic, working with the elderly in a poor community, etc, their faith had a renewed pulse. Faith without some purpose is an empty belief system, yet too many people continue to cling to it. Your purpose may not require you to travel long distances. In fact, your purpose right now might be something within your own home. But when we feel that sense of purpose, our faith comes to life.
Prayer: No matter where I am in this faith journey, O Lord, let me be reminded of how you are not done with me. Continue to call my faith into life, into a strong witness for the Kingdom of love, the Kingdom revealed in the life of Jesus. Amen.
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