I have been putting a lot of time into the missions program Youthmark is about to launch. I have been thinking through a lot of memories from trips to the likes of Rockaway Beach, OR; Pine Valley, CA; Unity, OR, Council, ID; Skagway, AK; and many others. These trips have been a hoot and I have learned much from our students. One of the things that stands out, students on a mission are not much different than adults in church. We/they often focus on matters that matter little rather than the matters that matter the most!
All have sinned. People are dying w/o a Savior.
He has provided a way to life eternal, yet people are dying w/o a Savior.
We want behavior change in people we befriend and reach out to, yet people are dying w/o a Savior.
We want people to stop cussing, stop looking at porn, and improve their character… yet w/o Christ they are dying without a Savior.
When we approach people to share the greatest love we have we need to look past the sharp edges of his quirky personality, her quick temper, his foul mouth; we must understand that the bridge is out in his or her life. Improving personality, temper and mouth may help a person look better, sound better and appear more civil, but let’s not forget the deep wounds of sin w/o a Savior.
It is my hope/prayer that the students on the missions we provide will be quick to see the soul of a person and not the behavior. It is my hope/prayer that I can live that way now!