I want to share with you something I read in No More Wasted Years by Olivia Brodock:
“For some of us, the mission field is thousands of miles away. For the rest of us, God was gracious enough to let us be born into it. We get so wrapped up in the excitement of foreign missions or in our own selfishness that we often forget about the little girl tugging our skirt asking for a simple glass of water.
We forget that as daughters we have a ministry to our fathers, mothers, and siblings. By helping them and building them up we keep them strong enough to fight their battles. Whether it is through cooking for our families, making or thrifting clothes, pulling weeds from the garden, or changing another diaper, it is all kingdom building.”
I said many a “hallelujah” and “amen” while reading this because it is exactly what I think, too. Whether we mean to or not, oftentimes we believe that being a missionary to far off places like Uganda or China is the most honored and highest of calling for a Christian. While I am by no means trying to devalue those roles, because they are very important, there is a need right out the front door that is simply overlooked by so many daily.
God has placed you right where you are for a reason. That means the country you live in, the city, church, school, job, even home and family for a reason. Every single one of those places have people you can be an example to of God’s love. And that is what being a missionary is about: spreading the hope and love of Jesus Christ.
One thing my mom told me when I was younger was to genuinely seek and listen to what God has put before us to do, because sometimes it is so simple and miniscule that we just simply don’t recognize it. You may think to be a missionary or someone of great impact you must go overseas, but really God has given you the opportunity to be someone of great impact by inviting that girl next door to Sunday morning service with you. He has given you the opportunity to be a missionary to your little brother by reading him that book, or helping him study his AWANA verses. Missions truly do begin in the home. Be loving and faithful to your father, mother, and siblings, like Olivia writes in her book. Learn to serve them, and if God does call you to foreign missions you will be better equipped to know how to minister and serve others. Work hard and be diligent with the little things God gives you, and when you have He will bring you bigger and more challenging things.
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord…” –Colossians 3:23
*You can purchase a copy of the book I quoted from, No More Wasted Years by Olivia Brodock, here.