I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I need to learn, and what I need to unlearn and relearn. There’s a lot to be said for assuming a posture of learning from those around you, and those that have more experience than you in certain areas. This is one of the main reasons I love to see a mix of generations in not only mission teams, but small groups and classes too. As folks get older, they sometimes seem content to fade into the background, but they have so much wisdom to pass on.
My grandmother is a fine example…for years my cousin and I have been trying to get her to teach us how to make pie. She is infamous for it. People love her crust, and each of us have our favorites…coconut, cherry, chocolate, pecan. We have been craving that knowledge to carry on the traditions we’ve grown up with, but she keeps it to herself.
Knowledge should be shared. If the disciples had decided to keep to themselves all of the experiences they had with Jesus…where would we be now? The Acts church never would have spread the way it did. People never would have known the ultimate sacrifice Jesus made and the things he told us to do. They would also never know that there is a day coming when everything will be made new, and who doesn’t crave that?!?!
When we talk about mission and what it means to be a missionary, and to love others and be in your neighborhoods…it all revolves around the things Jesus says. Realistically, the message of Jesus cannot be contained…the excitement, joy, peace, relationship…it all pushes the message forward.
I think God has been teaching me a lot in the last several years. I am a firm believer in that once you choose to follow Christ you never reach a point where you know everything. Instead you are constantly learning more about what you believe and how that fits into your life.
In a spirit of relearning…through lent I am starting at the beginning of the Bible, and rediscovering all of the passages that speak into God’s mission in and for the world. I am in no way, shape or form a theologian, but I am going to journal through all of this and see where it takes me. If you want to hear about it as I go, let me know! It’s probably not going to all end up on the blog, but you never know…maybe it will spark movement from my go-to Isaiah 58, Micah 6:8 and Acts 1:8 verses…
I’m diving into God’s word…here’s to hoping I drown!