To the world completely foreign

“For the benefit of the Lord’s cause, many godly men and their respective families travel to areas of the world completely foreign in order to help but a few plant the seed of the word (Luke 8:11), doing what they can to water, leaving to God for the plant’s growth (1 Cor. 3:6). Let us pray for foreign missionaries, and let us do what we can to support them in their work (cf. Rom. 15:24). A most important work it is.” —Sent Preachers | etsop95.

7 points of action for this learning worker

  1. I had intended to participate in NaPoWriMo this month. Day 1 passed me by without notice. Perhaps it’s best I don’t try it this year, since we’ll travel to the US later this month. I’ll still write some poetry, however, if not every day. Point: You can’t do it all; choose wisely.
  2. Last night I lost my ride to the men’s event for this morning. I speak on Saturday. Considering options. Point: You always have options.
  3. Read here this short piece I wrote about being flexible. I’m still learning. Point: Don’t let a wrench in plans discourage you; it’s life.
  4. Plans without work are pipe dreams. So says Pro 13.4. Key word is “diligent.” Something I need to hear often. (Chapter 13 was in my Bible reading this morning.) Point: Get busy.
  5. When King David is about to die, the first thing he tells his son Solomon is to obey God. “Now, carefully obey all the commands of the Lord your God. Carefully obey all his laws, commands, decisions, and agreements. Obey everything that is written in the Law of Moses. If you do this, you will be successful at whatever you do and wherever you go” 1 Kgs 2.3 ERV. Good deathbed advice. Good advice any time. Point: Obey God — what is lacking in your obedience?
  6. The apostle Paul joins humility and tears in Ac 20.18-21. He stays on course to preach the Good News of the grace of God. He does not veer away from opposition. His pride doesn’t seek to preserve his life. Is this why it’s hard to be humble? Point: Humility is akin to courage.
  7. Servants can get lax in their service. Maybe they count themselves privileged and think they can get lazy or have a right to do things forbidden to others. Adab and Abihu found out differently. Obedience means showing respect for holy things. See Lev 22. “Remember my commands, and obey them. I am the Lord. Show respect for my holy name” v. 31-32a. Point: Fear God.

What action points have you noted lately? I’d love to hear them. Share them below.