In the midst of busy medical clinics, upbeat children’s ministry, passionate church services, and tiring humanitarian efforts, sometimes it is possible to get lost in the motion of a mission trip. The problem arises when you get so caught up in the activities that you lose the heart of why you are there. The Lord showed me the importance of interacting personally with every individual. One way I did this was by asking the people I met simple questions like – “What has God been doing in their life?” and ”What is the vision God has given to you for your life?” In all honesty, I was amazed at the answers I received. One Ugandan pastor, who is also a principle, businessman and entrepreneur, (he’s only 26 by the way) gave an answer that I can’t seem to shake from my mind.
The young pastor gave me his answer as we were sitting outside of a hot Ugandan van surrounded by children who were excitedly anticipating the medical clinic that would soon begin. The pastor leaned close to me and expressed, without a hint of doubt or hesitation in his voice, the answer to my question. As he spoke I could not help but see the fire that was burning in his eyes.
This young and zealous pastor boldly described to me his detailed plan for the rest of his life. Leaving no area of life uncovered, he meticulously expressed to me his visions and goals. Creating a fund that supports church members in financial need, building a school to accommodate students of all ages, developing a house rental business that would finance his ministry, saving money to send his children to college, and cultivating a deep and personal relationship with Christ, were just a handful of the seemingly countless goals and visions this pastor disclosed to me.
Now, after hearing these words of vision and determination, I can’t help but reevaluate my own life. I must ask myself what real and eternal purpose does my life hold? Do I have a detailed vision that drives me to do greater things for Christ and his people?
I want to leave you with a challenge to reevaluate your own life goals and visions. Please take the time today to ask God what the vision is that He wants to give you. Maybe one day you can share that vision with someone else and they too will see that same fire in your eyes that I saw in the eyes of this young Ugandan pastor.