A year ago, I boarded a plane for the great nation of India (barely).
Now, 365 days later, I am jonesing to return. Have you ever been somewhere, had an amazing experience, and could almost feel it in your blood later as you longed to return? That’s how I’ve felt the last couple weeks, especially as I watched other youth ministry buddies post pictures on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook documenting their experiences at the same Indian youth conference I got to attend in 2013.
It was a year ago I was introduced to some of the most courageous people I’ve ever met. It was fifty-two weeks ago that I saw the amazing work of Central India Christian Mission first hand for the first time. And it was a year ago that I knelt in the Indian mud and promised God I was going to do something about what I saw in front of my face. Ten months ago we began fulfilling that promise. Making good on that vow continues still. I don’t know when I’ll return to India, but I hope the Lord is cool with it and I get that chance sometime soon.
In the mean time, I’ve been thinking a lot about how we view the world. It’s a big place, for sure. As believers, when Jesus says, “Love your neighbor,” we’ve got to recognize that He means more than the people that live on either side of us on our street. This past weekend at Current – A Christian Church I got to team-teach with a couple of my fellow pastors on this topic.
If you don’t have time to watch the video, here’s the highlights:
Sometimes, we get stuck in our own little world. We don’t even notice the needs that exist. For instance, did you know that if the world were only 100 people, 60 of those people would live in Asia? Did you know that if there were only 100 people on earth, 55 of them would live on $2/day or less? Did you know that if the world were only 100 people, 67 of them would be living as non Christians?
I honestly don’t believe it’s because we don’t care, I think it’s because we don’t know. But once we know of the plight of our neighbors, what are we going to do about it?
The world is bigger than you think, and there are so many needs it’s hard to know where to start. But as people who claim to follow Jesus, we must see the needs that exist. And then we must commit to doing something about it.