Our Walk, Our Life, Our God

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I had just shared my vision for ministry and how I wanted to help people affected by disasters. I was told that I should help support my ministry by charging people who have insurance so I can do free work for those who do not. When I responded that I don’t and won’t charge people for anything, I received a sideways look. The idea that I would work so hard for someone who had other resources made no sense to this person. It was the first time that I realized my ministry and lifestyle were foreign to many of those around me.

A short time later, now married and planning for a family, we were talking to some friends about kids and how we would have to figure out a plan for our traveling lifestyle. Somebody made a comment about how we had four or five years before we needed to find a place to settle down so our kids could have a normal life. It was the second time I realized our ministry and lifestyle were foreign to many of those around us.

Fast forward a few years later. We had just come up with a curriculum to help churches prepare to respond in their own community. As I was sharing about how we wanted to go to churches to teach them how to respond I was advised that we should charge for the classes to help support the work we do in disasters. It was the third time I realized our ministry and lifestyle were foreign to many of those around us.

The truth is, our ministry and lifestyle don’t always make sense to us. We have conversations about how we sometimes wish we could know more about what is coming, or how long we will be in one place or another. We long to be able to plan weeks in advance where we’ll be and when. Our lifestyle isn’t always convenient, but it’s never boring.

It’s never boring because the God we serve is never boring. He will take us to the craziest of places if we are willing to share His love to others. If we are willing to tell the masses about what Jesus did for us there is no limit to how far He will take us. People need to know Jesus in all walks of life, across all ethnic, race, and economic classes. This is why we do what we do. We don’t do it so we can make money or be the best known in our Christian circles. We do it simply because people need Jesus and we want to show His love to those in need.

God honors those who honor Him. How do we honor Him? Simple, by listening and doing exactly what He is asking us to do. And He expects us to do it exactly how He tells us to, regardless of how crazy or unusual it may seem. If God has called you to do something different be encouraged with this, you’re not the first and you won’t be the last. God loves to work in unconventional ways.

Is there anything you should be doing for God that seems strange to you? Are you willing to take a chance and do it? The end results of obedience may surprise you and take you places you never expected.


4 Comments

Pamela Snow · October 13, 2018 at 9:30 am

I love this! I am 63 and just these past few years my ideas of how people have lived in US compared to this new way of thinking of not being so chained to a bricks and mortar home, BIG one at that, collectibles, big yard, etc. I think your way of thinking will be a force as to how other people view their lives and SEE what is more important. If I were younger and knew this… I think our lives would have been so different. I have to say that my change of thinking came from the younger generation 🙂 YOU do have an influence and to minister to others at the same time is amazing!!

Kimberly Linza · October 23, 2018 at 7:36 am

Hi Scott, Thanks for sharing!! Yes, you are counter-cultural!!! A peculiar people! I have family and friends ask me when I will be moving back to the US on a regular basis. The reality is that I simply don’t know. This is a good article! And while the questions others ask me are different, the lifestyle of obedience has some similarities. Thanks again for opening your heart!

Jeanne C Orrison · October 30, 2018 at 10:28 am

So refreshing – so many only concerned with “what do I get from it?” They have no idea the rewards of the righteous, the pure of heart….hard to explain to someone who has never experienced it.

Jon Orweller · October 30, 2018 at 1:04 pm

I’d love to see your church training curriculum to help churches prepare to respond in their own community if that is in a file or website that can be shared. Your family’s lifestyle is very counter-cultural. Everything we experience says to grab more, keep it for yourself – even at the expense of others. Thank you for your obedience to Jesus and the example to the rest of us!

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