Life is busy. We have appointments, responsibilities, practices, projects, piano lessons and nap times. So do I. Especially the nap times. But today is the first day of Missions Week. And in the midst of the busyness of your schedule, I want to invite you to this for three reasons: to stretch your heart, help you shovel snow and deepen our value for mission
Missions Week will stretch your heart. Did you know that we have 31 missionary units from around the world? Tomorrow evening almost every one of them will share their latest prayer requests! You will see their faces, hear their voices and lift up your voices in prayer for and with them. This, of course, follows our Missions Feast which will stretch your stomach as well (which is always good). Missions Feast begins at 6 PM; prayer at 7 PM.
Also, this week will help you shovel snow. Recently I was surprised that I didn’t feel as excited about diversity as some people around me. Why? Diversity can be like snow — those who are most excited about it shovel the least. Those who don’t shovel frolic in the snow with excitement; those who do shovel can also enjoy the snow with satisfaction but not feel as excited. We all need to learn to shovel snow better to engage the diversity before us. Our Restore Missions Conference will stretch your cultural competencies as you engage God in worship on Friday and learn from an all-star lineup of seminars on Saturday. On Friday at 7 PM, bring your children as well for Kids Restore; early childhood will also be ready as well.
Finally, Missions Week will deepen your value for mission. We spend time on what we value, and we value what we spend time on. Those who value physical fitness spend time working out and eating well. Those who value friends or family will spend time eating together and connecting in different ways. As a church, our values are being formed based on the things that we are investing our time toward. Since we value God’s heart for the nations around the world and across the street, let us spend time this year — and each year — celebrating and deepening this value.
So join us — stretch your heart, help us shovel snow and deepen our values. I am looking forward to being with you this week.