One Year Ago Today

One year ago today I traveled via airplanes, ferry boat, and a bumpy van ride to Balfate, Honduras.  I was part of a team from my church on a week-long mission trip.  We went to serve in the various ministries of The Cornerstone Foundation.  At that time I was ready for change, adventure, and something new in my personal life.  Before arriving in Honduras I applied to various graduate school programs as far from Smyrna, TN as possible but I didn’t really care where I got accepted; I just had a deep desire to change my surroundings. What I didn’t expect was that God would put Honduras on my heart as heavily as He did. It didn’t take more than 2 days into that trip for me to know that I would be back in Honduras very soon. 

This was not my first mission trip—I had been on three mission trips before this one—but what made Honduras so special was that I had a definitive purpose to return. There was a need and I knew that I could help fill the need (there are still a lot of needs).  It wasn’t California or New York, but it was definitely adventurous and a change of scenery.

In my personal walk with God, I had always struggled to fully submit to God. I always held back in some way (mostly out of fear), I wanted to be close enough for all of the blessings and just far enough so you know just in case he tried to call me to the mission field or something I wouldn’t hear Him.  But in all seriousness, in preparation for coming to Honduras I gave everything of myself to Him. I decided to faithfully follow God in everything and it has been by far my best decision. 

Today, I am 7 months into my one-year commitment (seems to keep growing). In these 7 months I have found purpose for my life, which as a 23-year-old I would not trade for the world.  That purpose is built on a new confidence that I am exactly where God wants me to be in my life at this exact moment.  A confidence that the Lord will guide my steps wherever I will go, and when I make the wrong choices He will always be there to guide me back.  I could go on and on about this, but my sole purpose right now is to encourage others with some of my story.  Finding my purpose and understanding for my life all came from following the scriptures, and Romans 12:1-2 says it best.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
— Romans 12:1-2

I hope you can all find purpose, hope, confidence, and peace by God’s standards, because the world will never satisfy you.  Be blessed and enjoy the photos.