I was going to sit down and write a blog about the end of our first tour, you know, kind of sum up what we’ve learned as a team, or share a couple stories with you all. But I couldn’t decide what to tell you. “Do I tell them about our time at the correctional facility, or the rescue mission? Do I share with them how I’ve been encouraged in the Lord through seeing Him work in my team members, or do I share with them how we’ve seen Him use us in ways we never expected?”
Suddenly I was overwhelmed by the amount of things I had to share. Then I started thinking about all the ways I’ve seen the Lord work over the years and in my experience with CTI. That thought led to me thinking about how much I’ve changed since my time with CTI started back in 2004. It’s a beautiful and humbling thing.
I shudder to think of the person I might be, and how complacent I may have become if I never would have stepped out in faith, and started this journey with CTI in the first place. I wouldn’t know my brothers and sisters in 6 different countries. I wouldn’t know what it really means to live in community and to allow God to love me through someone else. I wouldn’t have my eyes constantly on the lookout for “how I’m being used” or “what my purpose in ministry is”. I wouldn’t have had the joys of seeing 40+ prison inmates stand to claim Christ, or watch a homeless lady dance her heart out. If I never walked into hard situations on purpose, I would never know how incredible it is when the Lord shows up to be in me everything I’m lacking. If I were never part of this ministry I may not be as in love with the Word as much as I am, I may not pray as much, I may not see Him as much, I may not want Him as much as I do today. And I certainly wouldn’t know the honor of standing beside such amazing people in ministry.
This road has been steep, but O so beautiful of a climb. I want to challenge you to evaluate where you are today. Are you in the same place you were a year ago, or have you grown? Are you the person you said you would never become, or are you allowing God to mold you into someone you always hoped to be? No matter where you are in life, it’s not too late to change the course you’re on. But for those of you who feel they are exactly where the Lord has called them, I encourage you to press on toward the goal…which is Christ!