“HE IS NO FOOL who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose”- Missionary martyr Jim Eliot
It is always so difficult to say goodbye to family and friends that you love dearly, especially the grandchildren. 😀 Grateful that my first cup of coffee back in Southeast Asia that was drunk at about 3:30 AM this morning (time to adjust) was drunk from this cup. This is my new coffee cup. A very good reminder for those who have left (or are considering doing so) father, family, friends, future ambitions, financial security, and all that is familiar to pursue Christ and the cause of Christ around the world!
As you know, my “Daily Reflections” were anything but daily during my trip to America, at least not from this blog. If you follow me on Instagram you have had the opportunity to keep up with some of the brief “Daily Reflections.” Between the constant traveling, the irregular schedule, and serious Internet issues, sending out a regular blog wasn’t real practical, and at times, very frustrating. 🙂
I will try to send out a few each week now that I am “back in the saddle again.”
I flew back into Cambodia yesterday. It’s a joy to be back home. It’s a joy to be back with my wife, my daughter, and my niece. They say it was too quiet while I was gone. Have no idea what they are talking about! 🙂
It’s a joy to be back serving where so few are willing to serve. It’s a joy to be back loving those who so desperately need to be loved by Christ and by His people. It’s a joy to be in a place that is so dark and in need of the light of Christ. May God help me to allow my small and seemingly insignificant candle to burn for Jesus in the 10/40 Window!
This morning, while reading the following words, “Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle (this little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine), and sweep the house, AND SEEK DILIGENTLY till she find it? And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbors together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost” (Luke 15:8-9), my heart was touched!
No doubt, we have all lost something that was valuable to us. I did a few times recently. 😁 When we did lose that valuable possession or person, we went into a “frenzy,” and sought it diligently. Unfortunately, many of us have lost the passion for the lost, and, therefore, we are not seeking lost souls diligently.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME WE spent quality time praying for a lost or backslidden person? When was the last time we handed out a gospel tract to a lost person? When was the last time we shared the Gospel with a lost person? When was the last time we sacrificed time, talents, and treasures to see a lost person come to Christ?
It might be time to ask God to break up the fallow ground of our cold, calloused, and carnal hearts!
Just reflecting on my so often lack for pursuing the lost!