Looking Out @ the World

Posted: October 15, 2008 by Rich Landosky in HSM, Rich's Random Ramblings, The Journey
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It is always good for me to have regular reminders that my eyes need to stay focused on more than the here and now, the present world and situation I live in, my present circumstances.  That’s one of the reasons why every Sunday night @ LIFT we briefly look at another country and how we can be praying for those people the coming week.  I think we all need constant reminding that God so loved the world, not just us.

It was great having Jonatan and Shantal Odicio with us this past Sunday night.  After LIFT we spent a few hours together talking about Peru and their ministry and the Church worldwide.  Seeing from the eyes of people who not only live in other countries but were born and raised there alters our own often skewed perspectives. It keeps my eyes on the world and the people God loves.

Yesterday I spent the day out in Lancaster as we began planning for VISION ’09 coming up in March.  For several hours eleven of us talked about how to better engage students in God’s world-wide mission and foster hearts and eyes for the world.  I am excited about this year’s VISION conference – from the main speaker to the breakouts to the worship times and band to the concert that night.  I’ll reveal some more as things begin to get locked completely in.  But it will be a great day that I trust will open our eyes to the part that we all must play in world evangelization.

Speaking of missions and world evangelization, we’re down to just a month and a half for those of you in the high school group to get your applications in for Honduras. I trust that many of you will join us for this life-altering trip this July.  Have you been praying about it?  What’s holding you back?  I love what Francis Chan says in his book, Crazy Love, about getting out and serving God:

Most of us use “I’m waiting on God to reveal His calling on my life” as a means of avoiding action.  Did you hear God calling you to sit in front of the television yesterday?  Or to go on your last vacation?  Or exercise this morning?  Probably not, but you still did it.  The point isn’t that vacations or exercise are wrong, but that we are quick to rationalize our entertainment and priorities yet are slow to commit to serving God.

Will you join us this July and further expand your view of what God is doing around the world and what He can do in and through you?  WIll you commit to serving God with us this summer?

Make it a priority this year to see the world through God’s eyes, to make world evangelization (missions) a priority in your life, and to stop praying about whether God would have you serve and just start doing it.

  1. Alison Miller says:

    that is true…i never thought about how i rationalize my own entertainment while waiting for God to “call me” to serve Him.

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