I got the chance to catch up with a good friend last night. God placed this friend in my life at a very sweet and exciting time. Our paths were crossed in college when we were learning so many new things about the Father and what He had in store for us. We experienced significant events together and even traveled overseas together.
We talked for over an hour about the season of life we were each in. We shared stories about our young and growing families. We talked about what God was showing each of us. I love that we can go months without speaking, but when we do get a chance to talk, it is meaningful and encouraging. We are true kindred spirits.
She and her husband have been called to overseas missions. They both felt this calling on their lives individually early on, and then their visions solidified when they met and decided to marry. For the past few years, they have been on a journey of getting to where they feel led. Some of the logistics have been trying, but the revelations have been equally, if not more, encouraging and faith-building.
As she was sharing with me about where God has them and their plans, I couldn’t help but feel uneasy. It was not an uneasiness about their decisions or God’s providence or protection for their family, but an uneasiness about the calling that God’s gives us all to lose our lives and to take on the sole purpose of making the fame and greatness of Jesus known to all people everywhere. Keeping an eternal perspective is something that I have to refocus on constantly.
I am so happy for them because they have a strong sense of peace about what they are doing. They can clearly see the hand of God leading them in the direction that He wants them to go. They are also going to be able to use their unique talents and skills that He has given them. They are doing their “it.” They have found their “whatever.” Of course, the transition will be significant, to say the very least. They have an almost 3 year old and will have a 3 month old at the time they move overseas. It has been an emotional journey for them along with the rest of their family and it will continue to be emotional.
The way that they feel called to make Jesus known is to go somewhere where many of the people are not Christians and the majority of the population practices another faith. They will tell many people things they have not heard much about. They will build relationships and disciple new Believers. They are choosing to make their entire lives all about the eternal perspective.
I do not feel this specific calling in my life. I am still not sure what my “whatever” is. I do have meaning, though and I try to keep an eternal perspective in all areas of my life. I think it is something that grows in us more and more and we understand in different ways as our Father grows our faith and as we listen more closely the the Holy Spirit. Whatever it is that we do, from being a stay-at-home mother to moving your life to a foreign place to further Jesus’ name, perspective is key. Without some healthy sense of it, I think it is just too hard:) Thank God that He gives us all that we need to discover and grow the right perspective.
In these bodies we will live
In these bodies we will die
The way you invest your love
You invest your life
-“Awake My Soul” by Mumford & Sons
 “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” –Colossians 3:17