I Get To Do This.
“Those who have attained everlasting life in the vision of God doubtless know very well that it is no mere bribe, but the very consummation of their earthly discipleship; but we who have not yet attained it cannot know this in the same way, and cannot even begin to know it at all except by continuing to obey and finding the first reward of our obedience in our increasing power to desire the ultimate reward.”
-C.S. Lewis,The Weight of Glory
I was tempted to just transcribe an entire chapter from C.S. Lewis’ The Weight of Glory because the imagery he creates and wisdom he displays always inspires me. What was originally a sermon delivered in 1942, still rings true today. Lewis explains how modern Christianity has begun to value unselfishness as a greater virtue than love “…as if our abstinence and not their happiness was the important point.” We make checklists of what we think needs to be done to get our ticket punched to heaven, instead of checking in with the Big Guy himself. We have confused ourselves into believing that our ultimate reward is achieved in the same manner a worldly reward is. Where as a worldly reward is typically received after an action has happened, our ultimate reward comes from the actions themselves when we’re obedient to God.
After my first experience with the organization Healing Haiti, I couldn’t help but notice and fall in love with how leaders in the organization talked about their positions. They always said “we get to do this.” It was genuine, and it hit home at the core of Lewis’ message; our joy comes from being obedient to God and serving others. Our joy and rewards do not come because we had to serve others along the way, they come because we get to serve others. How we serve God and others looks different for everyone, so I thought I’d share a little about the work I get to do over the next two years.
I will be serving as the Job Creation Long-Term Missionary in the somewhat sleepy, yet still exceptionally vibrant, city of Titanyen. Construction is almost finished on the building that is going to serve as a trade school, commercial bakery, restaurant, and discipleship program. I feel so humbled and blessed that I get to be a part of this bold vision that will hopefully employ over one hundred Haitians. In addition to helping get these projects up and running, I will also be looking for other economic opportunities and ways to leverage our resources to empower the Haitian people and strengthen their families. I am exhilarated to see and be a part of the spiritual and economic development that these projects will provide. Empowering people to spur on economic mobility will help strengthen the family unit and allow children to stay with their families; which is the best orphan care we could provide. I still can’t believe that I get to do this.
If you have any questions or interest in talking more about what I’ll be doing in Haiti feel free to reach out.I’d love to share more about what I get to do.