This morning Hud continued the discussion with the topic of joy. He brought us to Hebrews 12:1-3
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
We talked about the difference between joy and happiness. Joy being defined as a perspective and happiness being a feeling. As the word itself implies, happiness is fleeting because its associated with happenings, happenstance or chance. Joy however is directly related to God and should be our confidence that God’s will is best, no matter the circumstances we find ourselves in. “Rejoice in the Lord!” as Paul writes in Philippians 3:1.
Something Hud said really stuck with me the rest of the day- If you are not rooted in grace, you’re rooted in something else. What is it??
Hud shared the story of Moses’ life and how Moses had to walk by faith not by sight. God called him to a task- blindly, without all the details, without a road map, without even telling him if the task would be completed! This was tough to be reminded of but also encouraging that I don’t need to look for what I want God to show me, but rather trust that He’s called me to a task, to build his kingdom. I don’t get a step by step manual of how to do it or even clues that what I’m doing is the best for that situation. But I do trust that God is in control and just wants me to be living life fully devoted to Him, with joy. period.
In the morning panel discussion the topic was developing leaders. Like most missionaries in church planting, the hope is that one day all of my efforts, all the roles that I find myself in, will be taken over and led by a national in our country. For me it’s finding a Czech national to lead an art community and encourage university students. I’m just going to share a few ideas that were given by various people on the panel and hope they are encouraging to you like they are for me.
- When in conversation with someone in your community- Ask these 3 things: 1. What do you want to keep doing in your life? 2. What do you want to stop doing? 3. What do you want to start doing? Starting and ending with a positive question should make for a generally positive conversation and one that leaves the other person feeling encouraged to grow and make the changes they want to.
- In all relationships: 1. listen 2. care/respond 3. pray with/for them 4. discipleship (invite them to lead by being a Biblical example to them)
- Speak belief into people. Most doubt their ability to lead others. sidenote- I, Kara, was one of those people. After only being a Christian for 4 years having God call me into ministry in Prague and lead others seemed like a rather funny joke.
- April Crull gave us a great acronym for finding potential leaders in our own communities:
Faithful Available Spirit-filled Teachable