I have been blessed with the amazing opportunity of moving to Hawaii for 11 weeks this summer to serve as a student missionary through the North American Mission Board.
I will be working in the children’s ministry of a baptist church on the island of Oahu. Specifically, I’ll be leading Vacation Bible School, teaching children’s Sunday school, planning events for church families, etc. I am so unbelievably excited about this trip, and I’m very thankful for the incredible support I’ve received so far. My plane ticket has officially been booked and I leave in exactly 9 weeks. (But who’s counting!?!)
I’ve created this blog with the intention of keeping friends and family updated with photos and posts about what God is doing in my life. I wanted to start by sharing some things that the Lord has placed on my heart recently!
Something I constantly have to remind myself of is the fact that my value comes from Christ alone. It can be a daily struggle to remember that I am not defined by the opinions of others. My physical appearance, the brand of my clothing, and even my test grades cannot label who I am as a person. I am defined by the Lord Almighty, the one who gives my life a purpose and validates my self-worth.
All too often, people associate their worth and value with the way they look and how people perceive them. This is a dangerous way of thinking that frequently ends with comparison, an act that produces no healthy outcome. Comparing yourself to others does nothing but stir up uncertainty and envy, and leads to contemplating: Am I enough? The answer to this question is YES! You are absolutely enough because you were created in the perfect image of God. “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27). When you long to look like a celebrity in a magazine or wish you could change things about your appearance, you are essentially saying that the way God created you is not good enough. This is simply not true because you are precious, loved, and chosen, and no amount of self-doubt or comparison can ever take that away. “Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life.” (Isaiah 43:4)
God designed each of us with a specific purpose in mind. “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:13-14) Jesus has a plan for your life! You may not understand what that plan is just yet, but allow yourself to find peace in the fact that you are valuable and significant because your identity is found in Christ. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) Although it can be difficult, denying other people the ability to define your worth is an important lesson we must all learn. Understand that the only one we should ultimately be trying to please is God. “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10) Love yourself for who you are in Christ because you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Find your value in the Lord, and know that you are always enough because of Him!
***I hope that you will join me in praying over my upcoming trip. Please pray for God to prepare the hearts of the people I will encounter and to give me the wisdom to speak truth into their lives. Pray for save travel, peace of mind, and the ability to be the hands and feet of Jesus, serving others in a radical way! I love you all!***