Our journey should never be so focused, so narrow-minded, that we would be oblivious to the cares and concerns of others, even in foreign lands.
God so loved the world, the Bible tells us, and that does not mean just our own kith and kin.
He also tells us in the Great Commission to go, tell, teach and make disciples (followers) in all nations. That's thinking global.
Now, it's very unlikely I'd be able to go to Lima, Peru, or Cape Town, Africa, to tell people about Jesus. I wouldn't have the funds to get there - and, it would take longer than my vacation - and I wouldn't know the language.
What I can do is pray. Prayer is a big deal, though often we don't think so.
"Well, all I can do is pray for you," we'll say, as if it is the least we could do and hardly worth mentioning. But if we are serious about praying, and pursue it passionately, we might be surprised at the end result.
We can also give to missions. Maybe I can't go, but I can help someone who is prepared to go. In fact, I submit it is our duty as a Christian to give over and above our tithe (!) to help send missionaries to minister where God has called them.
This journey is not about our own comfort, but about trying to get as many people as possible to join us as we travel to our Heavenly Home. Yes, missions giving cuts down on my spending money but it's not all about me.
Wouldn't it be awesome to find out your neighbor in heaven was there because he heard the gospel from a missionary you supported?
I challenge you to pray and give with a global mindset.
The Journey is our way Home. There is nothing more important than making that final destination. Jesus paid my ticket there, but I have to walk it out. In October, I will be observing the things that happen while traveling the Journey and writing a daily post about my observations.
Because I like to stretch myself, I will also do a challenge within a challenge - 31 days of 5 minute free writes. I will take a topic and run with it, writing furiously for 5 minutes, tailoring it to relate to my theme of examining life along the Journey.
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