It’s a Small World

I often hear people say, “wow! It’s a small world” when they find out someone has mutual friends with them. When you really think about it, our world keeps getting smaller. It doesn’t get smaller literally, but figuratively in the sense that with social media, television, boats/ships, and airplanes you can see or go just about anywhere in the world without too much hassle. With that said, how come other countries and their citizens seem so far away?

I am blessed to have been able to go outside of the country for both vacation and missions trips. While vacations are fun, there isn’t much of a lasting impact. However, with foreign missions not only did I get to go to another country, but helping people and doing labor, playing with the local children was something I will never forget and will always cherish. I started really having a heart for missions in 2013 when I went on my first missions trip to Peru. I loved it! It wasn’t a vacation as we were building a roof on churches that had been destroyed after the earthquake several year prior, but even yet, it was one of the most rewarding and pleasant times of my life.

In 2014, I got to go with my church to a project in the Dominican Republic. Over the last several years we had been building a children’s center, playground, church building, and fencing in the property. I got to go and help complete the project where children are learning life skills necessary to live on their own one day and to succeed in the world. In May 2016, I have the opportunity to go back to the Dominican Republic with a team of people from my church to start building a new children’s center!

I am so excited for this opportunity to bless these people but I need your help! I have to raise $2000 to go and bless the local community there. If you want to be a part of what is going on but maybe don’t want to go to the country, you can still help! I created a gofundme account to help with the funds. Thank you so much for your support, if you would like to donate the link is listed below along with the church’s website that I am going with.

www.gofundme.com/ujgk5uwk

www.crossroadsavon.com

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Big Heart, Small Head

As I sit on airplane flying to visit my parents for the weekend, I look out my small window and my perspective is refreshed. If you have ever flown on a plane, you know what I’m talking about. As you take off you see the ground and the view is not much different from being in a skyscraper, but as the plane rises and elevates to higher and higher altitudes you start to realize how small you are in comparison to everything. When you look at the world from 10,000+ feet above ground, everything changes.

Having flown multiple times internationally and domestically, you would think that I would be used to the view and numb to the awe and wonder of the great height but I’m not. Every time I fly, I grow more and more in amazement of not just the view but of the God who created it. When you look at a map, pictures, or even stand next to a skyscraper, you don’t realize how small you really are. Yet even though we are small, even though we are just one out of seven billion people, God still cares about us. How amazing is that!

“God doesn’t count us; he calls us by name. Arithmetic is not his focus.” -Romans 9:28 MSG

The world is so huge that it is impossible to see everything at once, it’s impossible to see the details of this world without being close, yet God sees every detail. When you look at the world from the window of an airplane, you realize how your problems aren’t that big, you aren’t as big and tough as you think, and you definitely aren’t the center of the universe. You can’t even see a person from 5,000 feet let alone 10,000 feet! So why are we so full of ourselves? Why do we put ourselves first? Why are we so selfish? I know I’m sometimes guilty of these things.

When looking at the world from a 10,000 foot perspective, I thought about how we are so selfish we aren’t capable of helping others and making a huge impact because we aren’t willing to work together. If we stopped putting ourselves first and started to put others above ourselves, how much more could we accomplish? If we want to make a large impact, then we have to be willing to put others first and serve them. Don’t have a big head (aka ego), but have a big heart and a small head.

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” -Philippians 2:3 NLT