God has called all of His people to tell others of Him. Parents who do not understand their child's need/ want for the Lord must struggle through that and hopefully with the amazing sovereignty of God, with time they will begin to understand and believe. This sort of 'issue' can manifest itself in many different ways:
They may want you to be sent out, but would rather you spread the Gospel closer to home. In reality they are beyond scared to not have control of their child in an unknown place boldly sharing the Gospel. This is a very radical, very exciting thing, but try and understand from their point of view they may be absolutely terrified.
and maybe don't understand why you are pursuing a career that may not leave you as financially independent as they would have hoped. Those you are closest to will not fully understand what you are doing until they have that fire in their belly to share of God's great work and to know the grave importance of doing so. That we have a burden to bear to save nations and let Gods people know of Him. The beauty of all of this ? There is not a burden to save them, but rather let them know of THE savior. God does the rest, just bring as many people as you can to Him. But also know that not everyone will want to go, we are humans that inherently run from the amazingness of the truth of our Salvation. So be patient in this and patient with your parents.
Pray that God will soften their hearts to understand the why behind you going to serve in missions or live a life missionally for God.
Starting 'small' may look like going on a short missions trip to get them acquainted with the fact that this may be something you really want to pursue. This 'small' step can also help solidify what you want to do with God's great commission. Regardless, God calls us, EVERYONE to tell others about His greatness, you just have to decide in what way do you want God to work through your passions to do so? Is God calling you to be a doctor, a social worker, an art teacher, a professor, a culinary chef and share your delicious food at a table full of non believers and believers alike?
Listen to your calling, respect your parents but respect the Lords wants for your life. God knows beyond our wildest dreams what is ahead, so don't just wait to be sent- just go!
~Comment below on some of your favorite mission trips, or ones you would like to go on soon! If you need prayer for your parents understanding please comment with a "P" ~
Too often our culture emphasizes the barriers of language in regards to living missionaly for the Lord. We should encourage others to see missions and language learning as an opportunity, rather than a set back. An opportunity to delve into a new world where we all have one common thread- Jesus. Language can be difficult, but don’t let it stop you.
Have a New Outlook on Language Learning
Here are some interesting facts about different languages around the world:
The top 3 commonly used languages in the world include-
1. Chinese (Mandrin)
Languages ranked according to their difficulty include-
Asian speaking countries -ranked most difficult along with Arabic
"Medium' difficulty- Included Hebrew, Greek and Hindi
Easier level of difficulty to learn- Norwegian, Dutch, Italian, French, and Spanish being the very last language.
In an article titled, " How to learn a language faster: 4 Easy Techniques,"( http://www.ef.edu/blog/language/how-to-learn-a-language-faster/) the author references some easy every day steps to take to enhance your language learning.
1. Talk with real live humans- This one may sound a little silly, but it's very true. While Rosetta Stone is very helpful, your friend Rosa is even more helpful when it comes to conversing in her own native language.
2. Use new words as soon as possible- Another helpful tool is to just fill your vocab as quickly as humanly possible and just plug in words into your everyday array of conversations. It is also helpful to actually use these new words in their proper context, either way language learning is happening!
3. Ask a lot of questions- While you may be using some of your new and exciting vocab, again questions are helpful to being sure you are using these in their proper context.
4. Start with what you really need- This is a very helpful strategy- before submersing yourself in a culture ,remember that you will more than likely first be conversing about simple topics. While learning beautiful new words and conversation starters can be helpful, the basics are often more useful.
Here are a few inspiring quotes to learning a language and the many doors this will open both spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.
With Languages, you are at home anywhere." - Edmund De Waal
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela
“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.” – Flora Lewis
“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” – Frank Smith
“Any time you think some other language is strange, remember that yours is just as strange, you’re just used to it.”
Fill free to comment below on your favorite quote involving a new language, or techniques you have found helpful in learning a new language!
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