The Whole World Matters
On the average day, we live caught up in ourselves. On the average day, we don’t consider God very much. On the average day, we forget that our life truly is a vapor.
— Francis Chan

Today could be the day that you realize this. This life is a vapor and we are not even promised tomorrow (Proverbs 27:1). You might not even finish this blog post (although I surely hope you do!)  This week in our Missional Community we studied the book of James, specifically where James writes in chapter 4:

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
— James 4:13-14

We are but a mist, or "vapor", as some translations say... But what is amazing about this is that, even though we are a "vapor", He loves us! God loves a "vapor" like you, me and everyone else . He loves us so much that he sent his Son to the cross in our place so that we may become his righteousness. (2 Corinthians 5:21) He loves us so much that he even calls us his children. (1 John 3:1) What a good Father!

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are...
— 1 John 3:1

As a Child of God I am writing this blog to share my latest project, "Missional Matters".  I want to be missional as often as possible, and I've been thinking about how I can do that even when I'm at home with my three darling little girls. If you're a parent, you understand that always being missional isn't exactly the easiest when you have 3 young children under 5. . . But there are so ways to serve where you can involve your children and not have to travel across the world to do so. 

For some time now, we have been talking about selling various items to raise money to support different missional outreaches. I felt like this would be something I could do to help support the needs of each of these missional projects. The initial idea has been with me for months now, and we actually had already began researching and sourcing a few things to sell. 

Of course, now that I had a plan, this new project needed a name! Then the other night, after 3 large, glorious cups of coffee, there it was. I was thinking about the whole, mist/vapor thing and how we matter to God and "Missional Matters" came to mind.

Matter: 

  • Everything around you, anything that has mass and take up space.
  • A term used for the substance that makes up all observable physical objects.

These are examples of what I found when I searched for the definition of matter.  To me it sounds like the whole world "matters"!

So, now that our plan is coming along, we have began selling our first product, these "Steadfast Love" bracelets. All proceeds from our "Steadfast Love" bracelets will go to support the ongoing work of The Peace & Joy Project in Haiti, which is ran by some dear friends in our church community. 

The Peace & Joy Project's vision began 5 years ago when they met 23 kids living in an orphanage that had run out of funding. After getting to know the kids they found out that all 23 children had a living parent or relative. The Peace & Joy Project came about when 23 children were reunited with their families. The Peace & Joy Project exists to provide education, monthly sponsorship, and healthcare for each child. The most important goal is to keep families together and they are currently working on long term sustainable goals with each family to become completely self sufficient.

Photo Credit: Michael Goldsmith

Photo Credit: Michael Goldsmith

You see, living on mission isn't always as hard as we think. It doesn't always have to be elaborate. It doesn't always have to be a trip across the world. What I'm doing with Missional Matters is just one example of a way to serve from home, and I can involve my kids with it also! We're just a vapor. We're not here for long. I hope to make as big of an impact as possible in the short time that God keeps me on this earth.

Seek the Lord, search his word, pray, use your skill/talent, passions, or job to make His mission matter in your everyday ordinary life. Because the whole world matters.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
— Acts 1:8

* For more updates on the Peace & Joy Project, see also "Haiti Hope Rising"

** Header Photo Credit: Michael Goldsmith