Lesson #9

TopTen Cross Cultural Lessons Worth Applying

Lesson #9 – Go back to Christ and His amazing gift of grace at the mid-point of the trip.

Most every mission trip is filled with a sense of excitement and adventure upon first arrival.  Long-term missionaries sometimes call this the “honeymoon phase.”  Your heart and mind are fixed upon God as you start to take it all in. This is a good thing, especially when it is fueled by the anticipation of God showing up in some mighty ways.

It is natural to keep Christ the center of one’s attention at the start of a trip.  However, about halfway through the trip the rush of activity and events, emotional strain of new surroundings and the physical effort can easily begin erode the clarity of your purpose and your personal zeal for keeping Christ first in your life.

In order to avoid allowing other “good” things from subtly becoming the “main” thing, go back to Christ and His amazing gift of grace at the mid-point of the trip.

Take time to refocus on the purpose that God has called you to and thank Him afresh. It may even merit building an extra 45 minutes into your day at the mid point of the trip just to slow down and be still before the Lord.  You will be amazed at the new things you learn by taking some time to refocus along the way.

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