If money and people’s opinions were not a factor, what would you do with the rest of your life? God asked me this a few months ago and my answer came quickly. Missions.
The two years that I spent with YWAM Destination Paradise in Belize were incredible but I thought that it was an adventure that God was blessing me with, not a career. I figured I would return to the States at the some point, get a job and do something else. And that’s what I did. After I returned to the States and finished my School of Worship at YWAM Denver, I got a job and started looking for my career. What was I going to do with the rest of my life? There were so many options. Use my teaching license. Go back to school, ideally law school. Try to break into the international non-profit sector. The world was my oyster…and I kept looking back and longing for what I had been doing. The prospects that had once excited me now paled in comparison to the joy that I had experienced in YWAM. And so, I went to God and asked Him for direction and thus, the question was posed.
If money and people’s opinions were not a factor, what would you do with the rest of your life?
And that’s when it hit me. I wasn’t searching for a career out of the passions or desires of my heart. I was searching for the career that protected me from unpredictable financial times and from the potential disapproval of those around me. Did I want to live my life like that? Should anyone?? And so God took me on a journey to explore the desires and passions that He had placed in my heart, regardless of where it might take me. My heart led me back to missions. It led me back to YWAM.
Anywhere can be a mission field. You can be a missionary in a work environment or in your family or in your community. God calls us all differently and I feel called to fix my gaze on His face and to live the Great Commission through YWAM currently. Could He lead me down a different path later on? Absolutely. But for now, I am committing my investment here at the YWAM Denver base.
The base requires a 3 month training program called a Phase 2 and then I will hopefully join staff at the beginning of next year. I have already started praying for and inviting people to be a part of my support team. I am trying to be personal and intentional in it so the letters have been slow in going out. If you have not received one but would like to consider being a part of my team, either through prayer or financial support, please contact me! There are links at the top of my blog that explain both YWAM as an organization and why I chose YWAM Denver. You will also find contact information at the bottom of my blog. I am including a link to a video that I made in an attempt to try to express my heart for missions.
“And Mary said, ‘I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38
I feel like I should pose the question to you. If money and people’s opinions were not a factor, what would you do with the rest of your life?
We can all come up with a million reasons not to step out and not to do what is on our hearts. But I have one reason that trumps them all. God is. If He has placed passions on your heart, then HE will uphold you and provide as you follow Him. It’s not always wise to “follow our hearts”. But if God is guiding your heart, then you can follow it because you will be following Him. God is good all the time. And all the time, God is good.