One of the many challenges we face as missionaries is being God’s servants while at the same time being ourselves. This requires balance, maturity, and a deep understanding of our purpose. Some may struggle with this balance. I believe this comes from a misunderstanding of our purpose. We all understand that one day we will be like Jesus. This is everybody’s goal. But we are all unique, so how is this possible? Are we all going to end up as Jesus clones? I think not.
Perhaps an easy way to find this balance is to ask, for any situation you are in, or action you are considering taking, what would Jesus do or say? Let’s look at a few examples:
Would Jesus love everybody, even that “difficult” companion, and how would this look?
Would Jesus help somebody fix their motorcycle or computer, or help clean the house?
Would Jesus serve somebody who had no chance of being baptized?
Would Jesus ever refuse to talk to someone?
Would Jesus love and serve the unlovable just as much as the “golden investigator”?
Would Jesus gossip about the perceived shortcomings of other missionaries?
Would Jesus ever reprimand another without showing more love afterwards?
Would Jesus ever hold a grudge?
Would Jesus ever be part of a “less obedient” group of missionaries that looked with disdain or derision at fully obedient (less fun) missionaries?
Would Jesus turn every possible interaction with other people into teaching moments? (meals with friends, meals with strangers, interactions on the way to an appointment, huge groups, single individuals, when reproving and correcting, P-day activities)
Would Jesus teach using the most effective method for his audience? (Parables-stories, scriptures, by example, metaphors-the Kingdom of Heaven is like . . . )
Things went by too quick this week. It felt like I just got Elder Hudson yesterday. Elder Hudson is from St. Elizebeth Jamaica. He just recently returned from the MTC is the Dominican Republics. He is From a small town called Junction. He is a big boss, we have been walking Endlessly trying to figure out our area. My feet have been in so much pain it is crazy haha.
And to top it off we have been playing a lot of basketball lately, with my feet hurting it did not make them better, but my basketball skills are improving haha. We are thinking of setting up a 3-on-3 basketball tournament in a community in our area.
I love you all. May God bless you!
Keep Trying. Keep Pushing. Keep Believing. Keep Growing. Heaven is Cheering You on Today, , and Forever.