Traveling has been one of the most eye-opening experiences of my life. My favorite part is going from church to church and witnessing the diversity of the body of Christ. Every Church is different.Yes, there are many similarities (and there better be!) when it comes to doctrine and purpose - that Jesus is all in all and has finished the work of taking the payment for our sins on the cross and that we must spread that news to all.
Growing up as a good kid who always did what was expected of me, there is another attribute of myself that I am running from and have been running from my entire life. I tried everything I could to cover it up and pretend it wasn’t there. The fact is I have a rotten heart. On my own, I am in full rebellion against God at all times. My flesh, what makes me who I am, my personality and desires all constantly scream against God.
As we study his writings, we find that Paul did not view himself as a "super-Christian". In fact, his view of himself diminished throughout his ministry to the point that he says in Eph. 3:8, "I am the very least of all the saints...." It seems that as he grew in his walk with God, he realized more and more how big the gap was between who he was and who God is.
Traveling this semester has emphasized in my life that I need God completely for strength and tenderness and humility to serve other people and to not serve myself. Specifically these past weeks, God has pounded into me that I am not just doing my job here on team. I am fighting a spiritual battle…one I am completely equipped for but very often do not take seriously. Through the Word, prayer and dependence, God has promised that we are fully ready to fight this battle. However, I am content to do only what is required of me with a “bare-minimum” mindset.
God is teaching me, breaking me, and chiseling me away as I walk this journey that He has given me. I am seeing more and more how insufficient I am and how much I need Jesus Christ in my life. Of course I need God when times are hard, and when I don’t know what to do. But I also need Him when things are good and everything seems to be going smoothly.
Every morning I wake up seems to bring me on a new learning journey in my walk with Christ. Sometimes the path is one I am glad to explore but other times it is a path I feel less than comfortable traveling. In my mind, traveling with the Coffey’s in 2014 seemed like it would be super easy since I already had some experience with them in 2013, but soon circumstances came into my life that threw off my groove.
Having the opportunity to travel with the Coffey team is really exciting. I joined them a few weeks ago, so I’m just now starting to adapt to life on the road. We’ve only been to one church so far, but I already feel like I’ve experienced so much! Getting to talk with some incredible people, each with a unique story to tell, has been such an encouragement.
Over the past couple of years during my time in school, vacation would equal one thing in my mind – relaxation! Every person that remembers what it is like to be in school or have constant responsibilities understands how you feel when you so look forward to a time where you can just sit, relax, drink some coffee, read a good book and not make any plans for the day.