My Thoughts On Missions + My Future

Hey guys ❤ Happy Monday to all of you! Over the last couple of days, I’ve been wanting to write an update-style post on some of the thoughts I’ve been having in reference to missions – specifically, the ones that I will be involved in. I was thinking about adding to my ‘Missions Monday’ series, but I couldn’t get the formatting right (long story lol), so I wanted to write a standalone post, instead.

I’ll be listing some of these thoughts in the order that they come to me, then expounding on them to share with you. I know that this will not only be enjoyable to share with you, but will help me to work and think through some of the things that have been going through my head recently. ❤

If you’d like to follow along, I’d love for you to join me! Let’s get started.

1. Recently, I’ve been reading a book on children mission work. I talked about it with you guys in this post, and since writing that, I’ve further enjoyed reading it. However, its good points and beautiful recounts have stressed the idea in my mind that maybe I need to begin preparing. It might be possible that once I finish this last semester of 12th grade, I’ll get to go on a mission trip … but it’s also extremely possible that I’ll enjoy a full summer off from school for the first time. So, even though I’m all for going where the Lord leads me, whether that’s somewhere in my state, or outside of my country, mission trips isn’t where He has my heart right now. I desire to be open to the opportunities He brings my way, certainly, but also possess the knowledge that even if something looks admirable, it may not be for me at the time I learn about it. Missions will come … but not in this moment.

2. I’d love to know where the Lord is leading me. Sometimes, I desire that more than I’m willing to wait on His timing, and those are the seasons in my life when my heart aches the most. In contrast, when I’ve been able to see that His timing is perfect, even when my skewed vision sees it as being delayed, I am more joyful and at peace than the times when I’ve gotten what I wanted right then and there. Isn’t that crazy? It just shows that when something’s within His will, it is wholly good for our lives!

3. I won’t be going to college this fall. If, by some miracle, I would be able to arrange community college classes or something lol, that’s the only way I’ll be furthering my education after high school this year – in a college setting, that is. However, I’m in love with the idea of studying topics that deeply interest me through the limitless information available in books and on websites, which is most likely what I’ll pursue this summer! I’m very excited about that (:

4. I’m turning 18 this April. Woohoo! haha my family and I don’t have any specific plans yet, but I do know it will involve spending the day with them, eating cake, and hopefully opening my first bank account. ❤ So exciting!

5. I desire to believe that I am currently where He wants me to be. There have been SO many times in my life where I’ve felt like I should be somewhere else. Not in a physical sense – just simply that my overall situation should be different in little (and sometimes bigger) ways. Since I was 15, I’ve wanted a job, but it hasn’t been His will for me to have one yet. I’ve been open for a long time to what His plans are for me in reference to college, but those prayers have not brought about any plans (which I am at peace with). Believing the absolute truth that my life is in His hands, and that in this present moment, as I write this blog post in my room, is just where He has me to be, is something I’d love to trust more often. Waiting on Him is not a silent, lazy form of waiting … just like a very wise pastor said, waiting on God is an active stillness. Even in the quietness, when I feel unproductive and like I should be doing something more … this is what He has for me, and I desire to find beauty in that in every single day.

Thank you so much for reading! ❤ I loved getting to write this to share with you. 🙂 If you have anything you’d like to share with me, I’d be very happy to chat with you in the comments below. Whether it’s about something I wrote about above, or you’d like to share how the Lord has worked in your life during times of active stillness, I’d love to hear from you! I hope you have a beautiful day. ❤

— Maggie

27 replies on “My Thoughts On Missions + My Future”

That is so great that you’re letting God lead you, Maggie!!! I have so many things that I want to do in my life, and at one time I wanted to be an interior designer, which was my dream job, but after God worked in my life I think He might be telling me to become a teacher. I’m not sure if He wants me to be a missionary teacher or what, but I have a while before I have to make a decision, so I’ll just keep following God. 😀

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Okay Maggie, not gonna lie, you’ve got me a little apprehensive xD

Just this weekend, my mom returns from running errands with a book in hand for me (I’d been asking if she had any Christian lifestyle books, you know, just for wisening up in my day-to-day life). Eagerly, I accepted, only to find later that this book… is a missions book. Now, obviously I know of people in my church who have gone on missions, and I applaud them, but with my paranoid-police-daddy upbringing, it’s never *ever* been something I considered for me.

And then your post flashes in my reader… coincidence? I think not xD

You see, I’ve always been hyper-aware of the unnecessary wastefulness of our culture. Every time I go to a restaurant and see how much perfectly good food gets tossed out, a churning rises in my soul, a need to fix it. My mom takes two showers a day, her record being three, and my brother is in the same boat (no watery pun intended lol) as her. My parents so often buy food that they don’t eat it, and it gets tossed; they buy knick knacks we don’t need, that ultimately get garbaged. So, while I have MUCH room for improvement, I like to think I’ve more wisely and gratefully come to use our resources.

However, I’ve never imagined me, little ol’ homebody me, being a part of a missions trip. Thank God for the abundance in my life? Absolutely! Travel across the globe to a poverty-stricken village? Not so much. To be frank, it scares me. I have some control issues with food, for one, and the thought of not knowing what I’ll be having for dinner makes me anxious. More importantly, I’ve never felt like I have anything to contribute to a missions trip–I don’t like building things and I’m not a teacher, so what could I possibly benefit?

Now, between that book and your post (and your dream overall, which I would love to hear more about, by the way), I can’t help thinking God’s got something He wants to tell me–whether I’m ready or not lol. We can email about this later (b/c I’ve already written you a book, I’m so sorry xD), and I totally didn’t mean to steal your posts thunder! But I really want to hear what you have to say about this sometime ❤

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Jordan, believe me when I tell you that I absolutely love getting long comments! _< Not sure if I could stomach that kind of illness!

Anyway, I'll be sure to email you later about this so we can chat further! It would be wonderful to see the Lord use us at some point to help in other cultures – I know I'd enjoy it, if it was in accordance with His will! ❤ ❤

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Thank you haha! And it’s… a struggle, one I battle every day. But that’s where I have to remind myself it’s not my battle at all, because where I can’t, He can.

I look forward to it! The word “missions” has somewhat suddenly and sporadically been launched into my vocabulary and I’m in need of your kindred heart to puzzle through it with me ❤ ❤

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I like to think and you’ve shared this too, where I am right now must be part of His plan. I think you are wise in continuing education and using resources readily available to you. People really don’t take enough out of what is given to us freely, especially when it comes to the blessing of the internet and libraries!

I love your free spirit, Maggie and how you are always striving for honesty and openness. I truly believe this is all part of your mission right now. Girl, 200 followers away from 2k!!! You are reaching hearts ❤

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Yes! ❤ It brings me peace to believe I'm where He has me in this current moment. I'm extremely excited to look into the possibilities!

Aww thank you so much, girlie!! I appreciate it xx yes!! I can't believe it!

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I loved this post Maggie and it’s great to see you thinking about your eventual missions trips.

I can definitely agree with you when you said, “I desire to be open to the opportunities He brings my way, certainly, but also possess the knowledge that even if something looks admirable, it may not be for me at the time I learn about it.”

I feel like this applies to all of us in that when we want something from God now, it might actually be the wrong time; maybe because it’s not where we are meant to be at the time or because of our hearts. I agree with you in that I am prayerful that He continues to help me see the opportunities He has in store for me when it’s my time.

We can both agree when you said, “Since I was 15, I’ve wanted a job, but it hasn’t been His will for me to have one yet.” And for me, ever since then I’ve tried to find a job but nothing is there for me yet and sometimes, like you, I think that maybe it’s not my time and not where I’m meant to be yet.

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Thank you! Yes, His timing is so much different than ours. He knows the benefits of waiting to give us our hearts’ desires. 🙂 Praying both of us will get jobs soon!


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