Into all the World

Many missionaries have specific countries or people groups “on their heart.”Β  God uses all kinds of things to inspire dedication and love in the hearts of his people for his people.

I felt called to be a missionary when I was 17. That was almost twenty years ago. When I speak in those terms, it seems amazing that it took me until just recently to realize where in the world my heart longed to serve.

Here’s where… the whole world….

Unless I had had a purposeful conversation with God about this, I don’t think I would have understood it so well. The conversation started with him telling me (through a variety of ways) that I was not dreaming big enough. When I sat down to think and pray this through, I realized that all of my “dreams” really were the dreams of other people that I wanted to help fulfill. I don’t think it’s bad to want to see others dreams realized, in fact, I think that is even part of my call. But I think what God wanted to show me was two important things that would keep me from a constant stream of diving into various jobs and ministries with no purpose other than the one directly in front of me.

These two things were: 1. a big picture goal and 2. a specific vehicle for that goal.

When I realized that I had only been motivated for the dreams of others, God then asked me what I want deep, deep down.

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What immediately came to mind was too big. The whole world…. and every stage of discipleship from a person first hearing about Jesus all the way to them being sent as missionaries (and after). It seemed like the kind of “big” that says I don’t know what I want, you know? Like saying, “I’m hungry, I want to eat Mediterranean food,” but of course once you’re at the restaurant you have to pick one dish. In one sense, this is similar because I clearly cannotΒ  be everywhere at once doing every stage of discipleship at once (at least not currently).

But.

Once God gave me the second piece- the vehicle of teaching- I realized that the big picture goal is possible.

Then? I got really excited.

The best thing about this huge dream is that, practically, it can encompass my heart for so many things. I can travel and teach, I can stay and disciple- I can teach about all the things God has taught me, I can continue to learn and be a part of community. With teaching in my hands, God can take me to all the world.
He has given me other tools as well. Tools such as cooking, photography, writing, toilette cleaning, cracking jokes…. Somehow embracing the big picture goal and seeing the specific tools he has placed in my hand have totally altered my view of the life there is to live on this planet. It settles me into his hand and at the same time stirs up my passion to get down to the day to day work.

7 Comments

  1. Sarah
    Jan 26, 2013

    Hey Pretty!

    I love reading this. I can’t wait to see where you go and what you do.

    Also, isn’t the peace great? I recently figured out what I was supposed to be doing regarding balance with the kids and work–and once I asked my boss for what I needed, I felt such a huge peace, and then I understood why God had not been answering me the way I wanted him to. I also felt a little dumb for taking so long to figure it out, but such is life πŸ™‚

    • pegster
      Jan 26, 2013

      Hey πŸ™‚

      Having this settled makes it so much easier to be motivated to the process and the details. I’m really grateful.

      I look forward to hearing about what you figured out.

  2. Another Sarah :)
    Jan 27, 2013

    Hey Peggy, Such an awesome dream, and what so many people are thirsting for over the world; Reaching and teaching people, so they can reach & teach others, and so God’s making New Creations continues!!
    Addition is good, mulriplication is great, exponential growth is pretty awesome!
    Thank you for sharing your hopes & dreams Peggy. Isn’t God so wonderful to love & teach us so personally, and to invite us to be part of His precious family serving Him as He calls & equips us! πŸ˜€

    Just reading Exodus 3 this morning:
    “Come, I will send you…” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go…?” He said, “But I will be with you…”
    God doesn’t only give us the privilege of serving Him, but He promises to walk with us on the journey. His workmanship, for the works He has prepared for us πŸ™‚ xx

    • pegster
      Jan 28, 2013

      Thank you for the comment, Sarah.

      I love Moses and I love his example for ministry… Basically God did all the work and Moses just obeyed and loved God. I love their relationship! Thank you for the reminder πŸ™‚

  3. Kayla
    Jan 28, 2013

    I love this post! I also love that picture of you! You are pretty much, freaking adorable. Yep.
    So… DO IT! I am excited to see how this dream/plan/adventure grows and develops, and how God brings all the pieces into play.

    • pegster
      Jan 28, 2013

      Thank you! Thank you!

      I’m excited, too. I’m hoping it means I get to come to Rostrevor while you’re there and teach in one of your schools or something.

  4. traveller1089
    Feb 1, 2013

    I see you touching people throughout the world with the big picture goal – teaching is such a powerful tool to share the word through so many disciplines in which you are gifted and skilled. Regardless of the subject matter I can clearly see you connecting with virtually anyone. The connection is the bridge to share His example through your service.. It’s so exciting to know that you know in general terms where you are called and how you will connect.

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