Why We Can’t Take Others for Granted

Sm III package  There are a number of reasons why we should not take others for granted. One obvious reason comes from our own disdain for the feelings this creates in us when we are passed over. Last year we adopted Jonathan and Kari Masson as missionaries. Our relationship is as non-conventional as is their particular path to missions.

You see we have a difficult time breaking out of our mental images that calcify and dictate our responses. So, imagine a young couple mixing vocational goals and an eagerness to live missionally in another country. By missional, we mean to live as missionary in whatever context, vocation and living arrangement a person chooses. It is like Caleb Crider has encouraged us to think, "we are all missionaries." Yet, outside our family structures, and maybe a few friends, we cannot see our way to think of them as "missionaries" in the same way we find it difficult to self-identify this way where we live.

Rather than take it for granted that these two young people chose France to live in, get a degree in osteopathic medicine and write for a number of magazines, we thought it best to honor them with a relationship that is reserved for "paid" vocational missionaries. That is, for people who either raise their own support or are supported financially by a mission sending organization like the IMB of the SBC. After all, these kids knew what they were getting into. They had lived in Senegal and understood some of the amenities and favorites they would leave behind in the States." Sure they did.

But, in the course of living their lives, pursuing degrees and vocational goals they have established relationships with fellow students and neighbors no other person may have – ever. And they need prayer and encouragement. And, they need Fritos!

That's right Fritos! No not because it was some dietary requirement. But because the liked them. That's all. That simple. 3000 miles separated Jonathan from a store that carried his favorite "scoops." Maybe you cannot make the trip to Lyon. Maybe you don't want to go to France. Could be, though, you would want to show love in a very simple way. Maybe you would want them to know they are loved and care for, prayed for, and talked about as helping us think about living as missionaries in Tri-City.

Well, you did just that. You sent some Fritos! They arrived and you should read the response shared. Mabye you would want to personally contact the Massons and find other ways you could support and love them in these kind of simple ways. This particular way meant a trip to the grocery store, find a box, package the bags, and a trip to the post office. Not much work really. What could you do? Send an email. Send a postcard. Write and ask what you could do that would make their next couple of years in France go well. If you have not done one of these things and would like to, send Pastor Todd an email and he will get you some information.

We don't want to take others for granted not out of obligation but out of love. Jesus said, "They will know you are my disciples by our love for one another."

Jesus invites people into his life and his way. He takes what is and points to the new way of the Kingdom of God.  Come see what this journey is all about!

One way to think about the mission of Jesus - He calls into question the way things are and points to the way things may be in the Kingdom of God. 

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