Healthy self-discipline is difficult.
One day last week, there was nothing I wanted to do less than my scheduled workout for the day: twenty minutes of non-stop curls, lunges and push-ups. I would rest from each move by doing the other two, and only after the time was up would I be free to stop. Starting to see why I really didn’t want to participate?
In truth, I actually was free to stop anytime I wanted… even before I began! Yet the goal I pursued – added muscle and a trimmer waistline – demanded discipline, if it was ever to be achieved.
In a similar manner, our family continues to practice discipline as we press forward toward Mexico. Make no mistake, it is God who has set this His ministry before us, and He who will get us to where He intends for us to be! Yet the work of developing partners, preparing the logistics of travel, and sharing the need for missions in Mexico… those are responsibilities God has given us, and we desire to be found faithful in our pursuit of that work! (We are very grateful that God has continued to encourage us throughout this time of preparation; and though this work does require discipline, we continue to be excited to do it! Unlike a certain workout program…)
Our recent trip to Seattle went well (if quickly), blending time among family and old friends with several opportunities to tell others of God’s work in Mexico among the unreached. We now see 33% of our monthly field budget coming in (NTM allows us to make travel plans once that hits 75%), and we estimate that commitments for future giving place us between 41-45%. And as we go from here, our hope continues to be that we’ll begin our study of language and culture in Chihuahua this fall!
Thanking God: for safe travel, a growing partnership team, time with our families, and the continued reports of how He worked through VBS last month.
Trusting Him: to continue growing us more like Jesus, to bring us to Mexico in His timing, to grant us patience until that time, for wisdom in teaching and sharing opportunities, and with our varied plans for selling many of our belongings!