Focus on Mission ~ By Ray McKinnon
There is a lot written about fear and why it has a tremendous hold over us. In some cases, it cripples us from experiencing the wonders of life. My wife will tell you, I am an adventurous person and I challenge myself to learn new things and experience new joys. Ultimately, the reason most people seek out adventure tends to be quite personal.
Missionary work is personal and for me, adventuresome. It requires me to get out of my comfort zone. I have traveled to distant places to live and work among strangers who speak and look different than me. The Bible tells us as Jesus said to Simon in Luke 5: 10, "Do not be afraid. From now on you will be catching people." I believe Jesus has called me to lead Missionary teams by "catching people" who have heard his calling. I have seen first-hand the transformation of ordinary people doing extraordinary things on Mission trips in the name of Jesus.
One of my favorite quotes comes from the movie The Way. It is "You don't choose a life, you live a life". Perhaps the greatest joy that Jesus give us is in believing in him, we can live a life without fear. When we choose to follow Jesus, we can experience the joys of the world. The great comforter Jesus Christ is with us always.