I've just returned from a week long trip to the Czech Republic to visit our YL missionaries, attend a conference to see how God is working in that country through the entire YL team there, as well as work on plans for some upcoming events. It was a great week that passed much too quickly.
While I was there I was reminded of a few things that I really need to remember and keep at the front of my mind (perhaps the same is true of you).
- The church is much bigger than I think. This is one huge reason why I love missions and going on these trips to spend time with the missionaries we support. We serve a big God who is working through his people all throughout the world and we are part of that family.
- I hate sin. I hate what it has done to people, what it does to me, and what it has done to this world. I can easily forget that in the comfort of my home, in front of my television set, and at my dinner table. But when I try to communicate with someone who speaks a different language, when I sit on the outside of a relationship because I can't effectively speak to them I'm reminded that that is the result of sin (tower of Babel) and one day sin will be eradicated.
- We talk about the stuff we love the most. The Czech YL leaders love students, they love each other, and they love God. That is clear and without question. C.S. Lewis expressed this idea well when he said, "I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation."