Well, I've been on my mission trip in the Himalayas, and I've got one word for you: Humility.
I love my team. We trek together, work out together, and pray together...simple right? Wrong. You have to factor in Jesus taking 20 different people through heart surgery. Insecurities, doubts, fears, and lies that have consumed all of our lives for so long. So we’re all constantly learning & healing, and it isn’t a fun process all the time.
We went trekking a few weeks ago, and I was close to tears about three times. It was a hike that went entirely up steep stairs for almost 3 miles. I forgot to inform you that I am a California girl who does not like the outdoors. I don’t like hiking, and I don’t like bugs. I like my coffee and laying by the pool. I’ve been on one hike, and it was a disaster. Anyways, I was in the back of the group, could barely breathe, had to take a break every few steps, and had to fight off some lies:
“You aren’t good enough for this, you should’ve prepared yourself better.”
“You should be in the front.”
“You aren’t as valuable as other people on this team because you’re in the back.”
“You are losing respect from other people.”
There were some other ones, but you get the gist. I wasn’t about to listen to the enemy though! So I chose joy and humility. I chose to embrace that I wasn’t the best one at hiking. I chose to accept the challenge that the Lord has put in front of me. Luckily my leader, Sav, was behind me the whole time encouraging me. I would tell her it was okay if she went with the rest of the group, and I'd catch up but she wouldn't leave.
She would keep pushing me and showing me so much patience and love.
As I was trekking, God reminded me of the passage 1 Corinthians 12:15-20 which says, "Now if the foot should say, 'Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,' it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, 'Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,' it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact, God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body."
He told me how there are so many other qualities that I carry that many of the “good hikers” don’t naturally have. So if I’m constantly trying to go after the calling of someone else, then who’s going to fulfill the calling of my own life?
The Lord is always faithful and is always teaching us so many lessons. He is constantly molding us into the person He intended us to be. I am thankful for this hard, humbling, and challenging experience. This outreach is filled with stories of Jesus knocking me off the pedestal that only He is supposed to be on.