1 Thessalonians 2:5-8 You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed-God is our witness. We were not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our authority. Instead, we were like young children among you.
I just started lacrosse for the very first time this summer. I had been playing soccer since I was three, but felt an inner desire to start a new sport. So I prayed, and that’s when I remembered I had a lacrosse stick in my garage and decided to try this sport. In the process, I met a new friend on my street who also plays lacrosse, and we have quickly become great friends and fishing buddies. That is when God helped me realize that He may be using lacrosse as an opportunity to send me out to a new group of friends and teammates. Going to another country might be one person’s mission field, but there are many fields out there. I have been to Guatemala five times with my family, and I love serving there. However, we are only able to go for a few weeks of the year. God is now giving me the chance to have a mission field that is right here in my community… on the lacrosse field.
As an athlete, I would love to please my coaches with my skills in lacrosse. But, as a follower of Christ, like the verse says above, I am NOT looking for praises from people. I strive to please God wherever He sends me. So, today, look around to see what field God is sending you to and celebrate those opportunities to love and pray for the people near you.
Dear Jesus, help us see the mission fields you have placed us on. Give us the courage to step in and help the people around us. Teach us new skills that help us be successful on whatever field you send us. Remind us to not count success as the world counts it, in games won or lost, but as you count them, in lives saved. May you be glorified in every way.
In your Holy name, Amen.
Written by Ben Armstrong