this is something i just found scribbled onto one of my notepads…the mission experience in a nutshell:
mission is not meant for you to do things on your own. do not lose focus, but truly ask yourself, what would jesus do? how would Jesus say it? where would Jesus go? we can not lose focus on mission – there are too many things pulling us on mission. we can get emotional – there’s too much balancing of feelings and being pulled in so many directions – being in a foreign context, struggling with the language, social cues, finding your place, and assuming your role. we have to stay physically active, mentally stable, and personally close with others. we must maintain relationships near and far, and truly ask the question, what is a big deal, what is not a big deal, what can be fixed with a day off? we must know our boundaries and discover what boldness looks like – when is it effective, and when are we just venting? we are working in the international context, so everything is amplified 100x. without giving ourselves moments to stop and reflect, we may really lose our sense of self, and forget where we are, what we are doing, and why we are doing it.
this might be one of the most useful resources i have here. this pertains to you too, wherever you are. 🙂