|My Life in the Cave|
Have you ever wondered why Paul wrote in 1st Corinthians to the church in Corinth about the importance of each person in the Body of Christ? Here’s what he said: But in fact, God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be (1Cor 12:18). We are where we are, doing what we are doing because God placed us right where He wanted us most. We all have roles to act out and they are all essential.
|Along My Walking/Biking/Running Path|
As one who is getting closer and closer to the state of not living on earth, I’ve noticed that my life has gone through different stages. Let me go back in time a bit. I worked at my dad’s tire store from the time I could get there under my own power (motorcycle at 14 years of age) until I left for the last time at age 37. I started by cleaning bathrooms and sweeping up. As I got older I learned all about that business and how to do most anything needed tire related. I did those tasks without giving any of them much thought—I could just do the stuff I needed to do.
When I came into Youth With A Mission in 1987 (37 years of age), I started all over again. After the 1st year, I could lead schools and take teams into foreign countries like I had been doing it forever. I could keep up with 40 passports, kids, staff and my own family of four without too much thinking. I lived in Hong Kong and it was no big deal—I could just do stuff and it came intuitively. Those were the years before we used the word “multi-tasking,” and when I did it well.
|Jackie Inside Her Cage|
Today, not too much multi-tasking going on. I’m working in the office at YWAM doing logistical work so that those who are younger, more energetic and able to keep a number of tasks (multi-tasking) flowing along at the same time—like building a 400 Sq ft house in a day and a half with teams coming from all over the world to work—can do what they are able to do. Sure, I miss all that excitement and at times wondered why I’m sitting on the sidelines observing. Then I noticed that the word “observing” has a very important part of it: “Serving.”
|“Let Me Out”|
We who work in Chula Vista—just south of San Diego near the border—are serving those builders and other workers in Mexico so that they can do what they need to be doing. And what did Jesus have to say: “Be like the Son of Man. He did not come to be served. Instead, He came to serve others.” That is so easy to say, right? Now try and do it! In the middle of what I do, that’s the new lesson I’m learning and the new stage of my life I’m in. It’s slower for sure, but God places us in His body, no matter what stage we may be living in, and He does it to accomplish the good work of caring for the people on earth. So I am stoked that I don’t have to measure if I’m doing enough—I only have to look at our Lord Jesus and say, “Your will being done in my life is what I want.”
So how is the work we serve doing? Pretty good. Last year we had a few over 5,000 people come through here to build houses for the poor in Mexico and another 1000 or so kids, (entire youth groups), go on Mission Adventures and even a few of them built houses. We also take care of refugees
and red light district kids at risk and their moms and skaters and surfers and had 200 and something come through our schools and built a bit more than 400 houses in 10 countries–most in Mexico. So, yes, it’s one of the craziest and busiest places I’ve ever worked in YWAM, but we are putt-putting along and serving as we can.
There’s a bonus gift we received coming out here to YWAM/San Diego/Baja: Jackie and I are part of the Antiochian Orthodox Church, St. Anthony’s, and blessed way beyond what we deserve by the life of Christ we receive every time we walk through the doors. It is an amazing place for us to be. What’s an Antiochian, you wonder? You can read about it here: Acts 13:1 In the church at Antioch…While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit spoke. “Set apart Barnabas and Saul for me,” He said. Yep, it’s that church, the one you read about in Acts. They have ’em all over the world. Check one out.