I have opened up the invitation to Brian to blog on here from time to time, but he hasn't taken me up on it yet. But this morning he shared something on twitter/facebook that I just thought was worthy of sharing. So, I'm doing it for him... : )
I met with a gentleman named Walt Baker a couple days ago. Walt was called to full-time service in Haiti in 1958. What an amazing guy and a wealth of knowledge. In the few hours we were together he shared much advice that I enjoyed, but one piece of advice I particularly appreciated was for me to grasp the idea that my role is not to have a ministry that is succeeding (in the worlds eyes) but instead to just be obedient to whatever God asks of me. This is the exact advice I received from another 80+ yr old veteran of international missions a couple months ago. These are two Godly men in the waning stages of their earthly life who have lived and learned much and they are now sharing their heart with younger guys so I think I'd be a fool to not listen. And as I've thought about their wise council I've realized it isn't just foreign missions work that we should apply that to - it's everything our lives.
God doesn't lose sleep over the success or failure (in earthly measurements) of our efforts - He is concerned about our obedience and the attitude of our heart in that obedience.
Lord, let our actions be obedient to all you ask of us today, and let our hearts be pure in those moments of obedient action. Amen.
PS - Will you please pray for Walt's wife, Dottie, today? She is finishing up chemotherapy in the States now as they prepare to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary soon.