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Shiny Stuff

August 10, 2012

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I read a Facebook status the other day that really made me think, so I’m gonna share it:

“Ministry in the suburbs is challenging. Everyone here is surrounded by so much shiny stuff, it’s hard to find the light.”
Jamie the Very Worst Missionary.

This gal and her family just spent five or so years in Costa Rica living life and loving people. Now they are back in the USA, surrounded by the shine of greed. Or is it just the shine of suburbia?

The one with the most shiny stuff wins.

I often wonder what it would be like, going off the grid with your family to help others.

Missionary?

Yea, I’m not really a big fan of this word, and this is why:

“One who is sent on a mission, especially one sent to do religious or charitable work in a territory or foreign country.”

{Ok, that’s not so bad.}

“One who attempts to persuade or convert others to a particular program, doctrine, or set of principles; a propagandist.”
– American Heritage Dictionary

That second definition is why I don’t like the term, because missionary is synonymous with being a propagandist. “One who” has ulterior motives when doing this charitable work in the name of Jesus. I like the loving people part and living life part and if natives come to you with questions of spirituality, then that is cool.

That is God.

It seems more organic to do good deeds out of love, we don’t need to persuade or convert others.

God does that.

We just need to love others, do the charitable work, and let God do his thing. Trust him to bring light into the darkness, because He always does…

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 10, 2012 2:35 pm

    Great post today. Thanks so much for sharing. I enjoy reading your blog very much!

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  2. Patti permalink
    August 10, 2012 10:31 pm

    Great blog today, let’s go somewhere less shiny!

  3. Jungle Jim permalink
    August 13, 2012 1:52 am

    I read a Facebook Status the other day that reminded me of your dog (Hershall?), but there is no tag for that on your blog. My sister, Jeanne has a new blog – madam nomad, instead of Mad In Vermont. Outstanding! While Romney was doing missonary work for the Mormons, as a draft dodger, in France, Mohammed Ali was in Jail as a world class athlete. Different religions? I think the 7th day Adventists have the most professional missonary organization outside of Hollywood.

  4. Jungle Jim permalink
    August 13, 2012 2:15 am

    God leaves condoms full of steaming bean dip under the leaves like your dog. That doesan’t make you vomit like some other people. It’s a double-edged (Jesus) sword. What does American Heritage have to say about “organic”/ Dogs just love to have a job (missionary/), and most times it’s just to please some falible human. Syncronize your menstral cycles!

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