By Tami Heim
God’s Word not only transforms your life, it transports you back in time. The consequences of sin, brokenness, and repentance unfold by book, chapter, and verse. These themes repeat and God’s faithfulness in every circumstance trumps them all.
You live in a time where digital power allows you to bring others to wherever you are to experience whatever you’re doing. If you frequent any number of social media platforms, you may be living out your life and not even aware of how it is impacting someone else. When the Spirit of the living God’s is alive in you, your influence serves a higher calling and what you share penetrates the stream with life-changing possibilities. Other’s have a chance to see God’s faithfulness at work in you.
Your life may be the only Bible someone ever reads ~ Anon
As this blog post publishes, I sit under the star-filled sky of Jeremie, Haiti. I am on a mission trip with 17 other people. We stay in a small missionary guesthouse that is approximately 1200 square feet in size. We sleep on wired bunk beds and pray the electricity holds on through the night. Rest is important because 183 orphans are ready and waiting each day to consume all we’ve got to give and then fill us with more than we can hold.
It was the twitter feed from my pastor, while he was here with a team doing earthquake recovery, that brought me here. Because he took me with him during the tragic aftermath, it awakened my desire to come. My first time to serve in Jeremie was June of 2010. God infused in my DNA an infectious love for this place, the people, and His heart for both. When I arrived, God breathed life into me and into the Words,
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. ~ James 1:27, NIV
I get it now with everything that is within me. When you tend to the things center to the heart of God, His love leaves no room for the pollution prevalent in the world. Obey part one and part two takes care of itself.
This week our team uses social media to tell the stories of Haiti. We share our individual impressions on Twitter and Facebook. We pin on our Pinterest boards images reflecting what we feel when the words are too hard to come by. We take turns documenting the activities of the day and then feed them into the Long Hollow Baptist Church - Lot Of Love blog.
Go to the mission blog and you can join us. Experience how we live out our faith through the words, pictures, and videos we share. And by the way, while we share from Haiti, it just so happens there is another team in Uganda doing the same. United in purpose and heart, our church has two mission teams book-ending the world with the Gospel of grace and the love of God. There may be 7,195 miles physically separating us, but the Internet enables us to hear the beat of each team’s heart in real-time.
God gives each of us the opportunity to share online with the whole world what He’s doing in our lives.
You may not be on a mission trip in another country, but make no mistake, if you’re reading this post, then you’re already on a mission field. It’s filled with the lost and hurting. Voices cry out and wonder if anyone will listen or respond. Will you let the story of your life take them to the only place where their souls will find redemption and rest?
- How will you use your digital power to take someone on a journey of faith with you?
- What will you share right now for His glory?
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Let your words and life be a blaze of glory in honor of the Holy God you serve. Show others how to walk His way. #LiveSticky