Imagine a basketball team that travels up and down the court. They really get along well with each other, but they never throw the ball into the hoop. They seem to think that all that really matters is that they get along well and enjoy each other. In fact, they say, “People will know us […]
Consistently placing God in the center of our lives can suddenly provide perspective. If you actively seek it, there is something to be found. Perspective is not just for the present—it can be applied in our future and past as well.
People don’t know what they don’t know. I have seen this to be true over and over again in training and sending missionaries. Just recently I did a training for a church in Taiwan that received a lot of Americans who come there as missionaries. As I began to teach them the basics of cross-cultural communication, the Taiwanese said, “So that’s why the Americans drive us crazy!
My 17-year-old son likes to wear a T-shirt that reads “everyday hero.” Many people aspire to be leaders, and we usually aspire to be the kind of leader exemplified by their heroes. As a missions executive, my hero is Betsy Stockton, the first single Protestant female missionary from America. She was an African American born a slave, who aspired to be a missionary at a time when it was socially impossible. Finally in 1823, the American Board agreed to send her to Maui if she went as a domestic helper.
Do you ever wake up feeling like your mind is crammed full of information? Things to do, people to see, things to remember. It’s normal to be busy, but for some reason, certain days are more difficult than others. Some days, your mind just feels muddled and murky.
You struggle with words to say, you forget people’s names and you can’t explain a concept correctly because your words aren’t making sense. Your mind is unfocused all day, and you just can’t seem to complete any task you start.