You know that cheesy quote, “it’s not the destination, but the journey?” Sometimes I really hate that quote. But the journey is pretty important too, in our case, and I have been thinking about how the mission field, like marriage, can amplify problems. If you worry a lot at home, you’ll worry a LOT on the field, for example. Here are some more I’ve thought of and we’ve heard from veteran missionaries. And of course, it’s a process. We don’t have any of these down perfectly or Jesus would already have come back.
If you don’t have a devotion time now, you won’t when you get to the field.
If you don’t share the Gospel with people in the States, you won’t share it with people in Spain.
If you don’t know how to answer hard theological questions in English, you won’t be able to answer them in Spanish. Even once you have a handle on the language.
If you don’t know how to budget with a steady paycheck, you won’t succeed on a missionary income.
If you don’t take time to rest and take care of yourself at home, you won’t do it abroad.
If you fight with your spouse or lose your temper with your children at home, you’ll probably fight more and have less patience under stress.
If you don’t have time to talk to your neighbors now, you won’t have time to meet them when you get to the field.
Can you think of any more “if you” statements that might apply to ministry?