It's easy for me to get my nose out of joint (a fancy way of saying resent) that other ministries often have exciting things to relate on their Facebook posts and get a lot of positive feed back. Much of what causes my heart to sing in ministry is pretty tame. Who really cares that both boys in school passed all their classes for the first time, that Fidel is friendly and communicative now and smiles more easily, or that Roberto has gained weight so those who knew him in his previous home would not recognize him now. What do I have to share that anyone really wants to know?
|Fidel just celebrated his 33rd birthday and will|
complete five years of living in Casa de Esperanza
on Aug. 28
I promise, even if I think things are uninteresting to you, to write more about what God is doing here to bring this about. Not to bring glory to us (especially not me--please, I am no hero) but to His Name. I promise to write and share more not to gain the approval of man but to show the faithfulness of the God who called us here.
This year, as I prayed for a word to guide my walk in 2018, I received the word persistence. I thought, okay, that's like perseverance, right? But I felt God in my heart telling me no. So I began to study the meaning of the two words.
Perseverance implies not giving up, to keep on doing even in the face of opposition. Persistence can and often does have a negative connotation, implying stubbornness and unwillingness to change. It is an inner attitude as well as a outward stance to maintain what already exists. To keep on even when it seems that nothing is happening. To stay the course.
I am to persist in following the first mission statement which God gave to me personally in 2010: "To glorify God by serving the poor and disabled in Guatemala." I promise to fight the boredom and routine that can be the enemy of this persistence and tempt me to seek out something more novel and exciting. My goal is to live here each day in peace and joy, in obedience to who God has called me to be. Can I urge you to do the same?